GIL DE FERRAN ...
GIL DE FERRAN # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR
NAOKI HATTORI (R) # 15 ALPINE - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR
What: MILLER LITE 200 Round Fourteenth of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup
Derrick Walker -Team Owner: " Weather change the track and useful running time, but clearly our package was no match for the competition. Although the car balance was good, lack of grip made us ineffective, however with Gil sixth place should have been a 4th or 5th were it not for a slow stop. Naoki, made more progress towards full recovery, a slightly long brake made the race that more difficult for him."
GIL de FERRAN # 5 Valvoline/Cummins/Walker Racing Honda Started 6th, finished 6th
Gil de Ferran: Qualified sixth at 122.915 mph (1:06.133), started 6th, finished 6th: "After four races of not running at the end, it was good to get a top six. We were looking for a better finish, but I was boxed in behind Tony Kanaan when he ran out of gas going down pit lane. We lost a lot of time. We could have made up a couple of positions on that stop. But basically, it was a trouble free run. The car was good and especially good under braking. I was pushing as hard as I could, and than I would make a small mistake and it would take a lap or two to get the rhythm back. But at the end, points are points and they all add up at the end of the season."
NAOKI HATTORI #15 Alpine/Walker Racing Honda Started 23rd, finished 19th
Naoki Hattori - Qualified 23rd at 120.785 mph (1:07.300). His second start since the season opener a Homestead where he sustained a double compound fracture of the left leg during an opening lap accident, in the second turn of the first lap in a grinding collision with Al Unser Jr. Started 23rd, finished 19th: "My leg is okay now, no problems today. However, it was not a very good race for us. We had brake problems throughout the race and I was not able to press as hard as I wanted. Hopefully, things will be better next race." Friday, August 13th, 1999
Session Times: Practice Friday Morning Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed B.Leader 17 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 67.691 120.087 1.291 25 Naoki Hattori 15 Honda/RI/G 68.347 118.934 1.947
Session Times: Qualifying Friday Afternoon Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed B.Leader 6 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 66.133 122.916 0.786 23 Naoki Hattori 15 Honda/RI/G 67.300 120.785 1.953
Gil de Ferran: " The car doesn't feel to bad. We got the timing a little bit wrong, it started raining and then it stopped, but we had bet on the fact that it would continue raining. We went out with the second set of tires while it was still a little damp. Up until then, I was P1 or P2. As the track began to improve, some people left the new tire run until later and I think that played to their advantage a little. I think the red flags also hurt us a bit today. It still takes a couple of laps to bring the Goodyear tires up to temperature. Hopefully we'll have more stable conditions tomorrow and see what we can do."
Naoki Hattori: " My leg (still healing from the Homestead crash) is much better this week, and the car is better as well. I tested here two weeks ago, so I am more comfortable here that I was at Detroit last week. We still need to go faster tomorrow."
Saturday, August 14th, 1999
Session Times: Practice Saturday Morning Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed B.Leader 3 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 88.963 91.373 1.593 13 Naoki Hattori 15X Honda/RI/G 127.204 63.904 39.834
Session Times: Qualifying Saturday Afternoon Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed B.Leader 0 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 0 Naoki Hattori 15 Honda/RI/G
Note: Wet track in the afternoon, only few cars went out for a shake down of repairs made earlier in the garage area. Gil and Naoki did not run in this session.
Gil de Ferran and Naoki Hattori Signed autographs for one hour at Walker Racing Hospitality
In an effort to reward the fans that braved today's inclement weather, CART, in conjunction with its drivers, set up an autograph session. All the drivers who are competing in Sunday's Miller Lite 200 were available for autographs and photographs at their respective team hospitality transporters following qualifying. CART invited the fans to the paddock; the session was scheduled for a half-hour, but was extended to an hour to accommodate the large amount of fans that took advantage of the opportunity. Sunday, August 15th, 1999
Session Times: Warm-up Sunday Morning Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed B.Leader 20 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 68.719 118.290 1.378 26 Naoki Hattori 15 Honda/RI/G 70.753 114.890 3.412
Session Times: Race Sunday Afternoon Fin.Pos.Driver Car# Car Config. Best Lap Lap Time Lap Speed 6 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 77 67.837 119.828 19 Naoki Hattori 15 Honda/RI/G 26 68.978 117.846
Pit Stops Gil de Ferran Car # 5 Sunday Race Pit Lap Track Status Position before Position after Pit Times 1 29 Green 6 9 37.142 2 58 Green 5 9 36.319 Total time for 2 Pit Stops 73.461
Pit Stops Naoki Hattori Car # 15 Sunday Race Pit Lap Track Status Position before Position after Pit Times 1 30 Green 14 24 36.664 2 59 Yellow 23 22 34.986 Total time for 2 Pit Stops 71.650