CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland Walker Racing Review

Cleveland Race Review MEDIC DRUG GRAND PRIX OF CLEVELAND PRESENTED BY FIRSTAR Round NINE of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup GIL DE FERRAN ...

Cleveland Race Review MEDIC DRUG GRAND PRIX OF CLEVELAND PRESENTED BY FIRSTAR Round NINE of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup

GIL DE FERRAN # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR Started 2nd , finished 2nd t, Second in PPG standings - 87 points

MEMO GIDLEY (Rookie) # 15 ALPINE - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR Started 21st , finished 11th , 26th in PPG standings - 2 points

Derrick Walker -Team Owner: " Another good days racing, a 2nd an 11th place, considering the conditions was a very good result. A late engine change on Gil's car Sunday morning, the race providing a multiple variations to deal with. Fast pit work and a unrelenting pace by Gil, Team work in action. Steady progress from Memo and dealing with the very difficult conditions, speaks to how well he is adapting to the Championship Cars."

Portland race winner de Ferran battled hard throughout the two-hour contest that started on a dry track, then rapidly became very wet as a summer storm moved through the Burke Lakefront Airport area just before the first round of scheduled pit stops. Gil then led the middle stages of the race, but was unable to keep Montoya at bay once the track dried out again. Rookie Memo Gidley brought the second Walker Racing car home 11th and got his first points on the PPG Championship.

Gil de Ferran: Started 2nd , finished 2nd: "To begin with, everything was normal. I was staying with Juan throughout the first stint, I spun once when I was still on dry tires, and killed the engine. But I was able to bump-start it again and that was a good break , but when the rain came that messed everything up. I came straight in and put wets on and went out there while it was raining. Then the car was fantastic on rain tires I was able to get past Juan and open up a gap. Unfortunately, it didn't continue to rain. When the full-course yellow came out, we went for the restart and I just couldn't get the tires to temperature fast enough, and Juan was gone before you could even blink. After that I was trying hard, but, it was all I could do to maintain the gap. Second is a good result for us in terms of the championship, but I have to admit I'm a little disappointed."

Memo Gidley : " Started 21st, finished 11th: "I had a good car today -- really good at the start and during the first stint. Max (Papis) was actually holding me up until he pitted. When it rained, that was another new experience for me, and I just tried to get used to how the car behaves in the wet. We got some points in just our second race."

Friday, June 25th, 1999.

Session Times:  Practice        Friday Morning
Pos. Driver          Car#    Car Config.    Lap Time  Lap Speed      B.Leader
10   Gil de Ferran    5      Honda/RI/G     58.807    128.923        0.357
24   Memo Gidley      15     Honda/RI/G     60.038    126.280        1.588
Session Times:  Qualifying      Friday Afternoon
Pos. Driver          Car#    Car Config.    Lap Time  Lap Speed      B.Leader
1    Gil de Ferran    5      Honda/RI/G     57.745     131.294      Prov Pole
20   Memo Gidley      15     Honda/RI/G     58.863     128.801       1.118

Saturday, June 26th, 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     58.059    130.584        0.390
26   Memo Gidley      15     Honda/RI/G     59.646    127.110        1.977
Session Times:  Qualifying      Saturday Afternoon
Pos. Driver          Car#    Car Config.    Lap Time  Lap Speed      B.Leader
2    Gil de Ferran    5      Honda/RI/G     57.017    132.971        0.204
20   Memo Gidley      15     Honda/RI/G     58.624    129.326        1.811

Sunday, June 27th, 1999. Session Times: Warm-up Sunday Morning Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed B.Leader 11 Memo Gidley 15 Honda/RI/G 59.416 127.602 0.697 12 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 59.433 127.565 0.714

Session Times:  Race         Sunday Afternoon
Fin.Pos. Driver           Car#   Car Config.  Best Lap   Lap Time   Lap Speed
2       Gil de Ferran     5     Honda/RI/G     27       58.790     128.961
11       Memo Gidley (R)   15    Honda/RI/G     22       59.727     126.938

Note: Gil's second-place finish set the fastest race lap on slicks and rain tires

Pit Stops Gil de Ferran Car # 5 Pit Lap Track Status Pos Before Pos After Pit Times 1 28 Green 2 8 38.836 2 33 Green 3 4 38.468 3 62 Green 1 2 39.453 Total for 3 pit stops 116.757

Memo Gidley Car # 15 Pit Lap Track Status Pos Before Pos After Pit Times 1 29 Green 10 21 43.670 2 32 Green 21 20 42.119 3 64 Yellow 12 11 42.554 Total for 3 Pit Stops 128.343

Lap Leader Driver From To For Total Gil de Ferran 58 61 4 Gil de Ferran 64 68 5 9

Gil de Ferran - 1999 Driver Index Report 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 - California 7th 7TH 6TH 8 33 2ND Nazareth - Pennsylvania 13th 13TH 15TH 0 33 7TH Rio - Brazil 4th 4TH 10TH 3 36 7TH Madison - Illinois 15th 15TH dnf 0 36 7TH Milwaukee - Wisconsin 16th 16TH 3RD 14 50 7TH Portland - Oregon 3rd 3RD 1ST 21 71 3RD Cleveland - Ohio 2nd 2nd 2nd 16 87 2nd

Memo Gidley ( Rookie) - 1999 Driver Index Report Race Qualify Start Finish Race Points Total Rank Portland - Oregon 25th 25th 19th 0 0 31st Cleveland - Ohio 21st 21st 11th 2 2 26th

1999 Cart Point Leaders: 1 Juan Montoya (R) 112 2 Gil de Ferran 87 3 Dario Franchitti 85 4 Michael Andretti 78 5 Greg Moore 69

What's next: June 29-30 Mid-Ohio Test (Memo Gidley) June 29-30 Michigan Test (Gil de Ferran) July 9-11 Race Road America - Elkhart Lake

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Memo Gidley , Dario Franchitti , Greg Moore