GIL DE FERRAN ...
GIL DE FERRAN # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR
RACE WEEKEND REVIEW: NAZARETH
Started 13th, finished 15th , seventh in PPG standings, 12 points behind the leader.
What: Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota is Round four of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup
Gil de Ferran: "Obviously we are disappointed to come out of Nazareth without adding any points to our total. Unfortunately the problems we encounter at the pits, together with a bad break when a yellow came out right after the pit stop, totally put paid to any hopes we had of scoring points. However on a more positive note, even though we where not able to do much overtaking on the track, the car made competitive times during the race and ran reliably all day long. We are now fully focus, preparing ourselves for the upcoming short oval races by testing and helping Goodyear develop their tires."
Perry Bell - Goodyear's CART operations manager: "With the new rules governing downforce, there was very little passing, in fact, it was almost impossible. It took a little longer for our tires to reach optimum grip, but once they did, our cars were capable of running lap times similar to those being turned by the front runners. Unfortunately, de Ferran was caught out by a yellow. He had just pitted when the yellow came out on lap 145 which put him a lap down. This put him out of contention for any kind of points."
Derrick Walker - Team owner: "Long day, the new rules made it a bit harder to pass, by really reviewing pass races, you can see Nazareth is always difficult, never been easy to pass. For us pit stop fuel valve failure set us back too far to recover with loss of valuable track position. Gil and the team never gave up we ran another race trouble free, a good indicator of the quality preparation we have."
RACE WEEKEND REVIEW: NAZARETH
Thursday, April 30, 1999 Session Times: Thursday PM Practice Car Driver Time Speed Rank Best Lap # of Laps #5 Gil de Ferran 21.053 161.763 19 17 17 #5X Gil de Ferran 20.842 163.401 11 12 18
Friday, April 31, 1999 Session Times: Friday AM Practice Car Driver Time Speed Rank Best Lap # of Laps #5 Gil de Ferran 20.343 167.409 11 65 74
Session Times: Friday PM Practice Car Driver Time Speed Rank Best Lap # of Laps # 5 Gil de Ferran 20.788 163.825 19 26 56
Saturday, May 1, 1999 Session Times: Saturday AM Practice Car Driver Time Speed Rank Best Lap # of Laps # 5 Gil de Ferran 20.057 169.796 9 55 65
Session Times: Saturday Qualifying Car Driver Time Speed Rank Best Lap # of Laps # 5 Gil de Ferran 20.145 169.054 13 2 6
Gil de Ferran: " We had a little too much push (understeer),more than this morning, and the car didn't want to turn in Turn Two. But I think we have a good race car. We spent a lot of time earlier this weekend working on full (fuel) tanks and making long runs, and I think we are in pretty good shape for tomorrow."
Sunday, May 2, 1999 Session Times: Sunday Warm-up Car Driver Time Speed Rank Best Lap # of Laps # 5 Gil de Ferran 21.929 155.301 24 10 15
Session Times: Sunday Race Car Driver Time Speed Best Lap # of Laps # 5 Gil de Ferran 21.876 155.677 213 224
Race Pit Stop: Lap Course Flag Position Before/After Pit Time 1st Lap 49 Yellow 13 - 14 30.357 2nd Lap 55 Yellow 14 - 19 29.304 3rd Lap 142 Green 14 - 18 30.708 4th Lap 189 Yellow 15 - 15
Gil de Ferran - Driver Index Report
Race Qualify Start Finish Race Points Rank Miami - Homestead NQ 25th 6th 8 6th Motegi - Japan 1st 1st 2nd 1+16 3rd Long Beach - California 7th 7th 6th 8 2nd Nazareth - Pennsylvania 13th 13th 15th 0 7th
What's next: May 4-5 Milwaukee Test May 5-10 Trip to England May 11-15 Rio 200 Race May 19-20 Portland Test