CHAMPCAR/CART: Nazareth Walker Racing Weekend Review

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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

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