IRL: Tennis match for Castroneves and de Ferran

Castroneves and de Ferran play tennis with Anna Kournikova and Jan-Michael Gambill. Marlboro Team Penske drivers Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves, who will be competing in Sunday's Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series season-opening Toyota...

Castroneves and de Ferran play tennis with Anna Kournikova and Jan-Michael Gambill.

Marlboro Team Penske drivers Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves, who will be competing in Sunday's Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, participated in an exhibition tennis match for the media this afternoon with professional tennis stars Anna Kournikova and Jan-Michael Gambill at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, FL. Kournikova and Gambill are in Florida preparing for next month's NASDAQ-100. The doubles team of Castroneves and Kournikova dominated partners de Ferran and Gambill winning four of the five games played.

Tennis stars Anna Kournikova and Jan-Michael Gambill are shown an IRL IndyCar Series racecar by Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran Penske following an exhibition tennis match at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne.
Photo by Denis Bancroft, Homestead-Miami Speedway.

After the match, it was Castroneves and de Ferran's turn to teach Kournikova and Gambill about IndyCars. The Homestead-Miami Speedway show car was at the Tennis Center and the Marlboro Team Penske drivers were able to give the tennis players a brief introduction to IndyCars.

"I had a great time this afternoon," said Castroneves. "Anna was a fantastic partner. I've been playing tennis since I was young and I really enjoy the sport. I try and play as much as I can and I play every off-weekend I get. It was really fun to get out here with the pros."

"Well it's been awhile since I played tennis and I guess it showed today, Helio and Anna were certainly picking on me - I think I was just out there for decoration," joked de Ferran after the match. "I had a good time though, and it was fun to play with Jan-Michael. He's a great player and I really enjoyed getting out there on the court. After my performance today, I think I'll have to start playing more often."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran
Teams Team Penske