RACE REVIEW: TORONTO GIL DE FERRAN ...
RACE REVIEW: TORONTO
GIL DE FERRAN # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR
MEMO GIDLEY (R) # 15 ALPINE - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR
What: MOLSON INDY Round Eleventh of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup
Derrick Walker -Team Owner: "Toronto, Always a great crowd and they certainly turned up in there thousands, extremely hot conditions made for a hard day for the team but great qualifying run by Gil to grab the pole, Memo continues to make excellent progress, again showing the more miles he doe's in the car the better he gets. The Race, were it not for a puncture could have seen Memo with a 5th place instead of the 12th he ended up with. Gil's race progress right on schedule up until as they say, history repeats itself, knocking into Newman Haas's tires why exiting the pit, put as to the back of the field with a penalty. Greg Moore's engine blow up caught us in the wrong place crashing on his oil.. Bitter defeat , valuable point opportunity lost, but the Good news is there is still a lot of racing to Go, don't count us out just yet.."
GIL de FERRAN Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda/Reynard/Goodyear Pole qualifier, finished 19th.
Pole qualifier Gil de Ferran fell back to second behind Franchitti at the start and ran comfortably at the front until he was penalized for striking a tire in pit lane during his second stop, then spun on fluids dropped by Greg Moore's car and retired with damage from the resulting wall contact.
Gil de Ferran: "It was a really unfortunate day for us. I didn't even feel it (the tire struck in pit lane), but we had the penalty. Then I got on the stuff from (Greg) Moore and hit the wall."
MEMO GIDLEY: # 15 Alpine - Honda/Reynard/Goodyear Started 15th, finished 12th.
Memo Gidley posted strong runs on this temporary street circuit. Gidley passed five cars to run tenth before the first round of pit stops. Memo however, had to make unscheduled second stops due to flat tires, then charged back to finish 12th.
Memo Gidley "We were going well at the beginning and moved up to sixth, I think. Then we picked up some debris a third of the way through and I had to come in to replace a cut tire. That put us in the back, and we had our work cut out for us. It was hard to make up ground after that as the track got slicker, but we fought hard and ended up back in the points. You work hard for these points!"
Friday, July 16th, 1999
Session Times: Practice Friday Morning Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed B.Leader 7 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 59.273 106.592 0.539 24 Memo Gidley 15 Honda/RI/G 60.865 103.803 2.131 32 Gil de Ferran 5X Honda/RI/G 64.050 98.642 5.316
Session Times: Qualifying Friday Afternoon Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed B.Leader 2 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 58.091 108.760 0.140 20 Memo Gidley 15 Honda/RI/G 59.645 105.927 1.694
Gil de Ferran qualified second at 108.760 mph (58.091 seconds). He is positioned for his fourth consecutive top-three start, which includes a pole a Japan, outside pole at Cleveland and third at Portland.
GIL de FERRAN, Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda/Reynard/Goodyear: "It was a very good day for us. In the morning, we were working mostly on race setup and I was very happy with the car and confident for qualifying since the car was handling quite well. In qualifying, we were lucky to get a clear lap on each set of tires. I was a little bit disappointed that Dario was able to beat me on his second set of tires, since I had the pole on the first set, but that's what he's supposed to do. We'll see what happens tomorrow."
Note: Walker Racing team member Chuck Matthews, who collapsed in the team's pits during the morning practice session, was released from St. Michael's Hospital Friday afternoon. Matthews underwent tests under the supervision of Dr. Ross Blundell at St. Michael's and results revealed the problem as heat exhaustion, according to Blundell. Matthews returned to the team hotel and rest comfortably. Sunday morning, Chuck was back at the track
Saturday, July 17th 1999
Session Times: Practice Saturday Morning Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed B.Leader 9 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 58.922 107.227 0.236 23 Memo Gidley 15 Honda/RI/G 59.953 105.383 1.267
Session Times: Qualifying Saturday Afternoon Pos. Driver Car# Car Config. Lap Time Lap Speed B.Leader 1 Gil de Ferran 5 Honda/RI/G 57.143 110.565 POLE 14 Memo Gidley 15 Honda/RI/G 58.662 107.702 1.519
GIL de FERRAN, # 5 Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda/Reynard/Goodyear. De Ferran is on pole with a track record. 2nd pole of the season: "It was a bit of a nail-biting session for us really. We dropped down to fourth early in the session. I came in (to the pits) to think about it a little bit, talked to my engineer Bill Pappas. He made a couple of changes and when I went back out the car responded very, very well. (On his pole lap) I threw caution to the wind and was lucky enough to get two clear laps, and that was, really."
MEMO GIDLEY # 15 Alpine - Honda/Reynard/Goodyear: " I didn