Recently retired open wheel racecar driver Gil de Ferran, the 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner and two-time National Champion, will serve as an analyst on several ESPN and ESPN2 Indy 500 programs. He will appear every weeknight on ...
Recently retired open wheel racecar driver Gil de Ferran, the 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner and two-time National Champion, will serve as an analyst on several ESPN and ESPN2 Indy 500 programs.
He will appear every weeknight on ESPN2's SportsCenter at the Indy 500. The program, with host John Kernan and reporters Marlo Klain and Dr. Jerry Punch, will be aired Monday-Friday (May 10-28) at 6:30 p.m. ET and originate from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He will also work as analyst on ESPN and ESPN2's Indy 500 practice and qualifying coverage May 15, 16 and 23 (specific network and telecast times will be announced in a later release) and the Indy Carb and Pit Stop Competition (ESPN2, May 27 at 3:30 p.m.).
"Gil has a fresh perspective of the dedication and commitment it takes to win one of the most challenging competitions in sports," said Jill Frederickson, ESPN coordinating producer. "Gil will use his experiences to tell race fans what they want to know -- how drivers and teams prepare for and drive in the Indy 500."
Said de Ferran, "I am very happy and flattered that ESPN asked me to be a part of their telecast team for all of the Indy 500 activities. ESPN is one of the most prestigious networks in the world and this should be another great challenge for me. Hopefully, from my very recent experience as a winning Indy 500 driver, I will be able to provide the viewers a unique perspective on all of the action during the month of May."
Gil de Ferran competed for nine years (1995-2003) in open wheel racing in the United States. In addition to the 2003 Indy 500 and two IndyCar National Championships (2000 and 2001), he was the 2001 Indy 500 runner-up, finished second in the 2003 IRL Championship and 1997 CART Championship and third in the 2002 IRL Championship. He posted 12 wins, 21 poles and 50 top-three finishes in 160 career starts in the United States (IRL and CART).