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GIL DE FERRAN # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR

What: TARGET GRAND PRIX Round Fifteenth of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup Weather: Clear, warm, 82-degrees F

Derrick Walker -Team Owner: " Chicago, great new track, testing restrictions set our program back, The tire companies selection boiled down to an estimate of what the conditions would be like, in our case we struggled all weekend to get the speed out of the package. The race was a disappointing affair, lack of car balance, grip and believe it or not pit lane speed limiter produced a lack luster performance."

GIL de FERRAN # 5 Valvoline/Cummins/Walker Racing Honda Started 19th, finished 13th

Gil de Ferran: "It was one of those days where you just had to get the car to the end and live to fight another day. It was a long day. The car handled okay, but the two pit lane speed violations killed us. I don't know what it was, the telemetry said we were fine on speed. If it weren't for those, we would definitely have finished in the points."

Thursday, August 19, 1999

Session Times:      Practice        Thursday, Morning
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
28  Gil de Ferran   5   Honda/RI/G  26.689      138.799     2.250 
29  Gil de Ferran   5X  Honda/RI/G  27.212      136.131     2.773 
Session Times:      Practice        Thursday, Afternoon
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
18  Gil de Ferran   5   Honda/RI/G  24.148      153.404     0.513 

Friday, August 20, 1999

Session Times:      Practice        Friday Morning
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
25  Gil de Ferran   5   Honda/RI/G  23.915      154.899     0.909 

Note: · BLACK FLAG is shown at 11:58 a.m. to #5 de Ferran for a Pit Road speed violation. De Ferran subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive-thru penalty.

Session Times:      Practice        Friday Afternoon
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
20  Gil de Ferran   5   Honda/RI/G  23.791      155.706     0.823

Note: BLACK FLAG is shown at 4:02 p.m. to #5 de Ferran after CART course observers report smoke trailing from the rear of the car at speed. De Ferran subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag penalty

Gil de Ferran: "This may be a tough weekend for us. With a new race track, the tires companies have to make their best guess on compounds and the like without the real data. I'm afraid Goodyear was a bit too conservative in their planning, and we are having a tough time getting the tires up to temperature. We'll put our heads together tonight, and see if we can come up with some idea to help tomorrow."

Saturday, August 21, 1999

Session Times:      Practice        Saturday Morning
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
18  Gil de Ferran   5   Honda/RI/G  23.554      157.273     0.660 
Session Times:      Qualifying      Saturday Afternoon
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
19  Gil de Ferran   5   Honda/RI/G  23.661      156.561     0.873 

Note: The top 22 qualifiers were separated by less than one second. # 5 de Ferran's top speed: 156.561 mph; 23.661 seconds, second lap.

Gil de Ferran: " It was a pretty uneventful qualifying run for us. The track was still a little bit slippery, Richie's (Hearn) oil held us back a maybe a couple of tenths, but the car ran pretty much the way we expected from this morning. It's been a difficult weekend for us without being able to come here and test prior to the event and choose a tire specifically for this event. It was always going to be a fifty-fifty chance that the estimation might not turn out to be right and I think the tires came out a little bit on the hard side. That is making a little difficult for us to get up to speed and find the ultimate lap time. We will keep working on the car. We're not giving up and we'll see what happens tomorrow."

Sunday, August 22, 1999

Session Times:      Warm-up     Sunday Morning
Pos.    Driver      Car#    Car Config. Lap Time    Lap Speed   B.Leader
14  Gil de Ferran   5   Honda/RI/G  23.967      154.563     0.327 
Session Times:      Race            Sunday Afternoon
Fin.Pos.Driver      Car#    Car Config. Best Lap    Lap Time    Lap Speed   
13  Gil de Ferran   5   Honda/RI/G 

Note: On Lap 108, #5 de Ferran is given a penalty for a Pit Road speed violation. De Ferran is moved to the back of the pack as a penalty.

Pit Stops: Gil de Ferran Car # 5

Pit Lap     Track Status    Position Before Position After      Pit Times
1   67          Yellow          17          17              38.622 
2   91          Yellow          18          19              32.062 
3   107         Yellow          16          18              30.516 
4   181         Green           11          16              36.263 
5   184         Green           16          18              22.444 
Total for 5 Pit Stops                                       159.907

What's next:

August 24, 1999 Derrick Walker & Gil de Ferran - Appearance at National Rent A Car - Corporate headquarters in Minneapolis as part of their annual United Way Fundraiser (with the showcar )

August 25-26, 1999 Derrick Walker - Gil de Ferran & Naoki Hattori - Sebring Test

September 2, 1999 Gil de Ferran - Appearance at Cummins- Vancouver (300-400 people - w/ showcar)

September 3-5, 1999 Derrick Walker - Gil de Ferran & Naoki Hattori - Following its sixth event in seven weeks, the FedEx Championship Series takes a week off before resuming with Round 16, the Molson Indy Vancouver on

Sunday, Sept. 5 at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Naoki Hattori