CHAMPCAR/CART: De Ferran maintains point lead after Gateway

Marlboro Team Penske driver Gil de Ferran maintained his lead in the FedEx Championship Series after his eighth place finish in Sunday's Motorola 300 on the 1.27-mile oval at Gateway International Raceway. The race marks de Ferran's twelfth ...

Marlboro Team Penske driver Gil de Ferran maintained his lead in the FedEx Championship Series after his eighth place finish in Sunday's Motorola 300 on the 1.27-mile oval at Gateway International Raceway. The race marks de Ferran's twelfth points-paying finish of the season and extends his lead to eight over second place Roberto Moreno (129 points). In what has become the closest points race in the history of CART, there are currently seven drivers within 31 points of first place with 66 available points left in the final three races.

In addition to de Ferran's eighth place finish, Marlboro Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves maintained his pressure on the Championship point leaders by earning a ninth place finish to earn four points and hold on to seventh place, just 30 points out of first.

DE FERRAN ON ST. LOUIS

"Overall the Marlboro car was really good today and I was able to run laps as fast as the leaders. In the first stint, we were able to move up to sixth and after our first pit stop (lap 60) we had moved up to fifth and were able to hold our position. On lap 98, I was beside the #12 car (Vasser) going into turn one and I don't know if he didn't see me but we ended up touching wheels and almost ended up in the wall. We were able to save it and fortunately I only lost one spot. Lady Luck was smiling on us today - we finished the race in the points and maintained our lead in the Championship."

CASTRONEVES ON ST. LOUIS

"I really learned a lot today. At the start of the race I lost some positions so I just took some time to cool down and began to play with the car to improve it. Meanwhile, I was watching my competitors and learning their lines so I knew when it would be best to make my moves. The Marlboro car began to improve and my strategy paid off as I was able to choose the best time to pass each driver and move up to fourth position. Then unfortunately, after my last pit stop I got stuck behind a backmarker. I went to go high and so did he, so I had to lift and ended up losing about five positions. It's really too bad because it looked like we were headed for a podium finish."

IN THE NEWS

Helio Castroneves recently visited New York to participate in a "Virtual Race" for ESPN Magazine. Castroneves went through a timed scavenger hunt, chauffeured by a New York City cab driver, through the streets of the Big Apple. His "best time" will be matched with that of IRL driver Sarah Fisher who will be having her "time trials" in New York City later this week. The results will be featured in ESPN Magazine's upcoming "Hectic" issue, due at newsstands next month.

MARLBORO TEAM PENSKE TO TEST AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY

Marlboro Team Penske will head to Fontana this week for a three-day test session beginning this Tuesday, September 19 as they prepare for the season-ending Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota. The media is invited to attend a press luncheon at the track on Wednesday, September 20 which will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Other teams testing include Patrick Racing and Team Green. For more information, or to schedule interviews please call Jeremy Riffle at 310-274-7800.

HELIO CASTRONEVES AND ADRIAN FERNANDEZ TO HOST HISPANIC MEDIA DINNER

On Wednesday night, drivers Helio Castroneves and Adrian Fernandez will be hosting a dinner for Hispanic media at Cava Restaurant in Los Angeles. Cava's world-renowned chef, Toribio Prado will preside over the evening, providing his exquisite culinary specialties as well as some of Castroneves and Fernandez's favorite recipes. In addition, Castroneves and Fernandez will be presenting Chef Prado with a pair of framed racing gloves.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno
Teams Team Penske