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