CHAMPCAR/CART: Walker Racing Vancouver Preview

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GIL DE FERRAN # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR

NAOKI HATTORI (R) # 15 ALPINE - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR

Derrick Walker - Team Owner: "Vancouver, always a pleasure to race in Canada, the fans are so supportive in the past that we enjoy the event. Street race, track position, fuel management and sticky tires."

Temporary Street Circuit: A very narrow speed envelop. City streets are bumpy and crowned. There are few places to pass, so a well-executed pit stop can gain you a few positions. The Setup: Mechanical grip is important on such a bumpy surface. The Driving Style: You can get away with small errors, but not big ones. Estimated Pit Stops For This Race: Approximately every 34 to 38 laps based on fuel consumption.

Broadcast: ESPN2 CART Qualifying 1:30 AM ET (early) (09/5) Sunday ESPN2 CART 2Day 11:30 AM ET (09/5) Sunday ABC CART Race 4:00 PM ET (09/5) Sunday CBC Canada CART Race 4:00 PM ET (09/5) Sunday EuroSport CART Race 22:00 GMT (09/5) Sunday

GIL DE FERRAN # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR

De Ferran is 7th in the PPG Cup standings with 96 points; has finished on the podium in four races, including a victory at Portland, runner-up effort at Motegi and Cleveland, third at Milwaukee. He also has qualified among the top three drivers for six events, including pole at Motegi and Toronto, second at Cleveland, third at Portland, Road America and Detroit. On the road and street courses, Gil de Ferran currently has the best average starting position - 3.57 - of any driver in the 1999 CART series.

Often referred to as CART's "Renaissance Man" because of his wide range of interests, Gil de Ferran admits to a special curiosity about Championship Cars, like his Valvoline/Cummins Honda-Reynard. After all, the $1 million creations are thoroughbreds, producing more than 800 HP with computer-designed aerodynamic shapes.

"I'm definitely fascinated with the machines we race and the technology that is involved in it," says de Ferran. "That has been a part of my attraction to this sport. I think the cars are works of art. They are supreme creations of the human mind, and it is fascinating to me to try to understand everything that is involved in not only making one of those cars, but the technology of racing them. The personal challenge is to be able to take one of those beasts to the absolute limit."

Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda Reynard) owns top-four finishes in three of four career starts at Vancouver, including podium performances of second in 1995 and third in '97. He also finished fourth in 1996.

NAOKI HATTORI (Rookie) # 15 ALPINE - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR

Naoki Hattori: "The race in Vancouver will be my third race since my come-back. I will be much more aggressive in driving this time. My left leg has been getting much better and that let me focus on driving much more. In addition, testing in Sebring the past week went very well. I am feeling that some better things may be coming up at this race. My target is to get some points. I am really looking forward to drive well in Vancouver where many Asian racing-fans might come to see our race.'

September 10-12, 1999: Derrick Walker - Gil de Ferran & Naoki Hattori - Following the Molson Indy Vancouver, the FedEx Championship Series continues with its second consecutive event and eighth in 10 weeks, the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300, Sept. 12 at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. September 15-16, 1999: Derrick Walker - Gil de Ferran & Naoki Hattori - Fontana Test - California. September 24-26, 1999: Derrick Walker - Gil de Ferran & Naoki Hattori - Houston Race.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Naoki Hattori