CHAMPCAR/CART: Australia Walker Racing Review

RACE REVIEW: AUSTRALIA GIL DE FERRAN ...

RACE REVIEW: AUSTRALIA GIL DE FERRAN # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR NAOKI HATTORI (R) # 15 ALPINE - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR

What:1999 Honda Indy 300 - Round nineteen of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup

When: Sunday, October 17, 1999

Attendence: Gold Coast Events has announced a record shattering 250,817 FedEx Championship Series fans poured through the gates at Surfers Paradise.

Derrick Walker -Team Owner:"It was a long way to go for no results, We made a promising start but it was all to short a day. Gil's crash has yet to explained, the car has been extensive inspected and there was nothing wrong with the car that we can see. Very disappointing we know we are better than this. Naoki did not fair much better, being taken out of the race, again from behind, only to damage the car while trying to return into the race."

GIL de FERRAN # 5 Valvoline/Cummins/Walker Racing Honda Started 14th, finished 27th (not running, contact)

Gil de Ferran "I'm at a lost to explain it. The car turned right with no warning. I had a good start, and I thought we were in for a good race. It was much too short a race. Long trip, short race."

NAOKI HATTORI #15 Alpine/Walker Racing Honda Started 20th, finished 20th (not running, contact)

Naoki Hattori "I did not have a good start, and dropped down several places. It was a disappointment. But the middle of the race, the car was not so bad and I was having an OK race. It was not easy to pass, but I was holding my own. And then I was hit from behind. There was no room to pass and he tried and put me out. Should have been a better race."

Friday, October 15, 1999 Friday Morning: track temperature of 85 degrees F. (29 C.) and an ambient temperature of 74 degrees F. (23 C.) Session Times: Practice Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed B.Leader 19 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 99.901 100.720 5.040 23 Naoki Hattori 15 Honda/RI/G 101.436 99.196 6.575

Pit Notes: At 11:58 a.m., nose to tail contact is reported by CART course observers between the cars of #5 de FERRAN (nose) and #7 PAPIS (tail) at Turn 11. Both cars continue on course without apparent damage.

Friday Afternoon: track temperature of 99 degrees F. (32 C.) and ambient temperature of 77 degrees F. (25 C.)

Session Times: Qualifying Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed 6 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 93.937 107.114 24 Naoki Hattori 15 Honda/RI/G 95.702 105.139

Pit Notes: At 2:52 p.m., #15 HATTORI shortcuts Turn 1 and forfeits his sixth timed lap. At 2:54 p.m., #15 HATTORI shortcuts Turn 7 and forfeits his seventh timed lap. At 2:58 p.m., #15 HATTORI shortcuts Turn 5 and forfeits his ninth timed lap.

Gil de Ferran: "We didn't really get much of a morning session, but I guess nobody did. I feel we can still improve the car. I'm hopeful to be able to qualify in the top two rows tomorrow. The tires seem to be quite stout which will be good for the race. If we're able to qualify in the top two rows, I think we'll be quite racy on Sunday."

Saturday, October 16, 1999

Saturday Morning: track temperature of 87 degrees F. ( 31 C.) and an ambient temperature of 78 degrees F. ( 25 C.)

Session Times: Practice Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. LapTime LapSpeed B.Leader 19 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 96.773 103.975 2.411 29 Naoki Hattori 15 Honda/RI/G 98.518 102.134 4.156

Pit Notes: At 10:13 a.m., #5 de FERRAN slides into the run-off at Turn 9 and stalls the car. CART safety workers pull the car to safety to await the end of the session.

Saturday Afternoon: track temperature of 124 degrees F. (51 C.) and an ambient temperature of 86 degrees F. (29 C.) Session Times: Qualifying Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. LapTime LapSpeed B.Leader 13 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 93.702 107.383 1.999 19 Naoki Hattori 15 Honda/RI/G 94.243 106.767 2.540

Pit Notes: At 12:51 p.m., #15 HATTORI shortcuts Turn 1 and forfeits his third timed lap.

Sunday, October 17, 1999.

Sunday Morning: track temperature of 95 degrees F ( 35 C.) and an ambient temperature of 78 degrees F. ( 26 C.)

Session Times: Warm-up Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. LapTime LapSpeed B.Leader 24 Naoki Hattori 15 Honda/RI/G 97.969 102.706 3.311 26 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 98.161 102.505 3.503

Sunday Afternoon: Partly cloudy, warm, 83-degrees F

Session Times: Race Fin.Pos.Driver Car# Car Config. 20 Naoki Hattori 15 Honda/RI/G -32 Laps CONTACT 27 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G CONTACT

Pit Stops Gil de Ferran Car # 5 Sunday Race Pit Lap Track Status Position before Position after Pit Time 0 Total for 0 Pit Stops

Pit Stops Naoki Hattori Car # 15 Sunday Race Pit Lap Track Status Position before Position after Pit Times 22 Green 14 21 35.890 25 Yellow 21 21 26.625 33 Yellow 19 CONTACT + Total for 3 Pit Stops 62.515 +

Sunday Pit notes: As the field heads into Turn 8, #5 de FERRAN makes contact with the outside wall, breaking the right side suspension. De FERRAN subsequently retires from the race due to contact. On Lap 33, #18 BLUNDELL makes contact with the left rear tire of #15 HATTORI at Turn 9 and slides into the outside wall with a broken right front suspension. HATTORI continues on course to his Pit Area. CART safety workers quickly remove the disabled car of BLUNDELL from the course. Both drivers are uninjured in the incident, but both cars are retired from the race due to contact. YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 35 to allow CART safety workers to tend to the HATTORI-BLUNDELL incident.

Gil de Ferran - 1999 Driver Index Report - Car # 5

Race Qualify Start Finish Race Points Total Rank Miami - Homestead NQ 25th 6th 8 8 6th Motegi - Japan 1st 1st 2nd 1+16 25 3RD Long Beach -CAl 7th 7TH 6TH 8 33 2ND Nazareth - PA 13th 13TH 15TH 0 33 7TH Rio - Brazil 4th 4TH 10TH 3 36 7TH Madison - Illinois 15th 15TH (dnf) 0 36 7TH Milwaukee - WI 16th 16TH 3RD 14 50 7TH Portland - Oregon 3RD 3RD 1ST 21 71 3RD Cleveland - Ohio 2nd 2nd 2nd 16 87 2nd Elkhart Lake - WI 3rd 3rd (dnf)14th 0 87 3rd Toronto - Canada 1st 1st (dnf)19th 0 88 5th Michigan - MI 15th 15th (dnf)24th 0 88 7th Detroit - MI 3rd 3rd (dnf)22nd 0 88 8th Mid-Ohio - OH 6th 6th 6th 8 96 7th Chicago - IL 19th 19th 13th 0 96 7th Vancouver, CA 7th 7th 26th (dnf) 0 96 7th Laguna Seca 9th 9th 6th 8 104 7th Houston 6th 6th 17th 0 104 8th Surfers Paradise 14th 14th (dnf)27th 0 104 8th

Naoki Hattori - 1999 Driver Index Report - Car # 15

Race Qualify Start Finish Race Points Miami - Homestead 12th 12th (dnf)25th 0 Detroit-Michigan 26th 26th 16th 0 Mid-Ohio - OH 23rd 23rd 19th 0 Vancouver, CA 23rd 23rd (dnf)27th 0 Laguna Seca 25th 25th 14th 0 Houston 7th 7th (dnf)22nd 0 Surfers Paradise 20th 20th (dnf)20th 0

FedEx Championship Series Points (after 19 of 20 races): 1. Dario Franchitti - 208; 2. Juan Montoya - 200; 3. Paul Tracy - 161; 4. Michael Andretti - 151; 5. Max Papis - 133; 6. Adrian Fernandez - 120; 7. Christian Fittipaldi - 107; 8. Gil de Ferran - 104; 9. Greg Moore - 97; 10. Jimmy Vasser - 94; 11. Tony Kanaan - 84;

What's next: The FedEx Championship Series next travels to California Speedway in Ontario, California for the running of the final round of the FedEx Championship Series, the Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota on October 31st.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Tony Kanaan , Naoki Hattori , Greg Moore