CHAMPCAR/CART: Twin Ring Motegi de Ferran report

Report from Motorsport News International Thanks to CART Online De Ferran Likes What He Sees At New Twin Ring Motegi CART Online (November 5) -- Gil de Ferran's most recent visit to Twin Ring Motegi left him breathless, but it had very ...

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De Ferran Likes What He Sees At New Twin Ring Motegi

CART Online (November 5) -- Gil de Ferran's most recent visit to Twin Ring Motegi left him breathless, but it had very little to do with the 210 mile-per-hour speed his Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda reached on the new oval near Motegi, Japan.

"It's just unbelievable," said de Ferran, one of 14 PPG CART World Series drivers to test at Twin Ring Motegi, roughly 60 miles northeast of Tokyo, last weekend. "You drive into this mountainous region and think 'How on earth could somebody build a race track in a place like this?' And they did it. And they did such a fantastic job."

"Everything you step on is first class, all the way from the bathrooms to the garages. All the pits. Everything is very nicely done, very well thought of in every sense of the word. It's just a beautiful, beautiful engineering project and extremely well executed."

De Ferran, the PPG Cup runner-up, averaged 210.573 miles per hour on his quickest lap of the Twin Ring Motegi oval during the two-day open test. Jimmy Vasser (Target Reynard Honda) recorded the fastest lap of the weekend at 215.180 mph.

"One of the most surprising reactions when we got to Japan was from the fans," de Ferran said. "On the second day of testing, even though there was little promotion done, we had over 10,000 people for the second day. It was amazing, and the fans were extremely knowledgeable of the CART series."

De Ferran looks forward to competing at Twin Ring Motegi in the first PPG CART World Series event to be staged in Japan, the Budweiser 500, March 28.

"The surface is very smooth," he said. "I think it will provide for very good racing, because it's a very wide circuit and it seems to me that the turns have more than one line, so we'll be able to go side-by-side into Turn 1 and into Turn 3."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser