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RACE REVIEW: DETROIT GIL DE FERRAN ...

RACE REVIEW: DETROIT

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

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

What: TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX OF DETROIT Round Thirteenth of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup

Derrick Walker -Team Owner: " Not the end that we would have wanted. The effort is the same, whether you win or crash. We move on, the championship is still within our reach. Naoki's come back race was a nice boost to him and the team. Finishing the race was a goal, with the kind of race that it was, Naoki and the boys did well."

GIL de FERRAN # 5 Valvoline/Cummins/Walker Racing Honda Started 3rd , finished 22nd (not running-contact)

Gil de Ferran qualified third at 114.456 mph (1:13.789). He made his fifth top-three start in the last six events, dating to Portland, where he qualified third and won the race.De Ferran lost third and fourth place on the start. On lap 15, # 5 de Ferran completes his 9000th lap in his CART career. During the caution period, while warming his tires up for the anticipated restart on lap 33, Gil de Ferran makes contact with the outside wall at turn 14 and breaks the left front suspension. That extended the caution period by another lap. De Ferran subsequently retires from the race due to contact.

Gil de Ferran: "I had fallen back on restarts. I was very conscious of that, and to prevent that, I wanted to put some heat in the tires. I was weaving and the car got away from me; it took me by surprise. It was my fault, no other explanation. My apologies to the team. We will erase this next week at Mid-Ohio."

NAOKI HATTORI #15 Alpine/Walker Racing Honda Started 26th, finished 16th

Naoki Hattori (Alpine Honda Reynard) qualified 24th at 107.737 mph (1:18.391). His first start since the season opener a Homestead where he sustained a double compound fracture of the left leg during an opening lap accident, in the second turn of the first lap in a grinding collision with Al Unser Jr.

Naoki Hattori: "I am happy to be back. Those last four months were too long. I was not as fast as I wanted, but we will be doing more testing and that will help. This was a good race for experience: restarts, running in close traffic on a street course, and running on a tight circuit. We brought it home, so this is a good start to coming back."

"Now I am much more confident with my endurance at the race. I am also happy that I was able to show my fans my presence at the race much earlier than expected. It was not easy 4 months to work on just rehabilitation and training since the injury, but I really enjoyed the moment when I was actually on the track, racing again. I would like to thank my team owner, Derrick Walker and all the crew members to support me while I was away and to help me get back to racing in Detroit. "

Friday, August 6th , 1999

Session Times:  Practice        Friday Morning
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
15  Gil de Ferran   5       Honda/RI/G  76.535      110.350     1.410  
31  Naoki Hattori   15      Honda/RI/G  81.216      103.989     6.091  
35  Gil de Ferran   5X      Honda/RI/G  88.482      95.450      13.357 

Obs. Black Flag is show to #5 Gil de Ferran at 11:15 a.m. for a Pit Road speed violation at 11:49 a.m. De Ferran subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive thru penalty.

Session Times:  Qualifying      Friday Afternoon
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
5   Gil de Ferran   5       Honda/RI/G  74.683      113.086     0.414 
24  Naoki Hattori   15      Honda/RI/G  78.391      107.737     4.122  

Saturday, August 7th , 1999

Session Times:  Practice        Saturday Morning
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
15  Gil de Ferran   5       Honda/RI/G  75.682      111.593     1.115 
31  Naoki Hattori   15      Honda/RI/G  78.591      107.463     4.024  
Session Times:  Qualifying      Saturday Afternoon
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
3   Gil de Ferran   5       Honda/RI/G  73.789      114.456     0.204 
26  Naoki Hattori   15      Honda/RI/G  77.005      109.676     3.420  

Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda Reynard) qualified third to earn his fourth consecutive top-three start at Detroit, including a pole in 1997.

GIL de FERRAN, "It was a good qualifying run today. Yesterday, we were quite confident we'd be in the first two rows. This morning, we had a really good morning. We made some changes to the car and it seemed like everything we did went the right way. We went out on the first set [of tires] and the car was behaving quite well but on the second set, the car didn't do as well as I thought. But third is a good starting position. It shows that Derrick's team is on the right track. We've been competitive week-in and week-out, and hopefully things will go well tomorrow."

Sunday, August 8th , 1999

Session Times:      Warm-up     Sunday Morning
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
3   Gil de Ferran   5       Honda/RI/G  76.577      110.289     1.129 
26  Naoki Hattori   15      Honda/RI/G  80.725      104.622     5.277 
Session Times:      Race            Sunday Afternoon
Fin.Pos.Driver      Car#    Car Config. Best Lap    Lap Time    Lap Speed   
16  Naoki Hattori (R) 15    Honda/RI/G     57        79.432      106.325 
22  Gil de Ferran   5       Honda/R/G       7        77.453      109.042
Pit Stops           Gil de Ferran Car # 5
Pit Lap Track Status    Position Before Position After      Pit Times
1   22  Yellow                  5           5               35.035
Total for 1 pit stop                                        35.035
Pit Stops           Naoki Hattori Car # 15
Pit Lap Track Status    Position Before Position After      Pit Times
1   24  Yellow                  21          23              36.362
2   32  Yellow                  21          20              29.700
3   43  Yellow                  19          18              34.007
4   65  Yellow                  17          17              44.684
Total for 4 pit stops                                      144.753

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 - 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 Elkhart Lake - Wisconsin 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

Naoki Hattori  - 1999 Driver Index Report - Car # 15
Race                Qualify  Start   Finish     Race Points Total   
Miami - Homestead     12th    12th    (dnf)25th     0         0   
Detroit-Michigan      26th    26th    16th          0         0

Memo Gidley - 1999 Driver Index Report - Car # 15 Race Qualify Start Finish Race Points Total Portland - Oregon 25th 25th 19th 0 0 Cleveland - Ohio 21st 21st 11th 2 2 Elkhart Lake - WI 15th 15th 26th 0 2 Toronto - Canada 14th 14th 12th 1 3

FedEx Championship Series Points (after 13 of 20 races): 1. Dario Franchitti - 136; 2. Juan Montoya - 131; 3. Michael Andretti - 119; 4. Paul Tracy - 106; 5. Christian Fittipaldi - 101; 6. Greg Moore - 95; 7. Adrian Fernandez - 95; 8. Gil de Ferran - 88; 9. Max Papis - 68; 10. Tony Kanaan - 62; 11. Jimmy Vasser - 54;

What's next: August 13-15 Mid-Ohio Race

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Naoki Hattori , Greg Moore