IRL: Indy 500: De Ferran speeds New York tour

De Ferran speeds through New York on media tour. INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 29, 2003 -- The spoils of victory continued to shower on Gil de Ferran, winner of the 87th Indianapolis 500, during a media tour of New York on May 27-28. De Ferran...

De Ferran speeds through New York on media tour.

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 29, 2003 -- The spoils of victory continued to shower on Gil de Ferran, winner of the 87th Indianapolis 500, during a media tour of New York on May 27-28.

De Ferran conducted a two-day whirlwind schedule of publicity and media activities in the Big Apple that started less than 48 hours after he earned his first "500" victory in the No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone.

The highlight Tuesday, May 27 for de Ferran was ringing The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange, televised to millions worldwide on TV. CNBC also interviewed De Ferran live from trading floor at the NYSE.

De Ferran was a featured guest on "The Charlie Rose Show" on PBS, and he also was interviewed by all of the New York daily papers and major TV stations during a media luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Esteemed New York Times sports columnist Ira Berkow featured de Ferran in his daily column May 28.

On Wednesday, May 28, de Ferran was a guest on the popular "LIVE with Regis and Kelly" syndicated morning talk show. NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon substituted for co-host Regis Philbin, and he and de Ferran had a laugh-filled interview in which de Ferran suggested that Gordon should drive in the Indianapolis 500.

Excerpts from Gordon's interview of de Ferran:

Gordon: "I've got so many things I want to talk about because I'm a huge fan of the Indy 500."

De Ferran: "I want to see you there, come on."

Gordon: "I would love to go there."

Later, Gordon talked about Indianapolis 500 drivers, in general.

"These guys are amazing," Gordon said. "They're doing 230 mph around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It's so flat. It boggles my mind to know how fast you go around there."

Finally, Gordon said while watching tape of de Ferran drinking the traditional bottle of milk in Victory Lane, "The Indianapolis 500 is, I mean, it's the biggest race there is."

De Ferran also was interviewed live on Fox News Channel, CNN Headline News, ESPN News and the Bloomberg Forum. Nationally syndicated sports radio talk show host Jim Rome also interviewed de Ferran.

IRL IndyCar Series standout de Ferran will return to New York on Monday, June 2, to appear on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Gil de Ferran
Teams Team Penske