IRL: Texas II: Firestone race report

De Ferran closes out career with one final win Gil de Ferran stepped out of his car for the last time ever this afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, and he did it in victory circle, capturing his first race since winning at Nashville in ...

De Ferran closes out career with one final win

Gil de Ferran stepped out of his car for the last time ever this afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, and he did it in victory circle, capturing his first race since winning at Nashville in July.

Scott Dixon finished in second, but that was all he needed to wrap up the 2003 IndyCar Series Championship. All others who were in contention heading into today's race had suffered through incidents that effectively ended their bid for the title. That left de Ferran and Dixon to battle it out for the win, but the race ended abruptly following a horrific crash involving Kenny Brack and Tomas Scheckter. De Ferran was leading when IRL officials made the decision to call the race with five laps remaining.

Today's win caps a stellar career for de Ferran, and after the race he gave credit for a lot of his recent success to his relationship with Firestone. "I drove with Firestone tires for the last four years, and the combination of the Firestone tires and my Marlboro Team Penske team has given me great results, and in many ways has given me the best times of my career. Working with the Firestone engineers has been a pleasure, and the depth of their knowledge about construction and compounds is just phenomenal. I've learned a lot from them, and it's knowledge that I'll keep with me and use forever."

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Firestone Racing: "Along with all of the officials and race fans here at Texas Motor Speedway, we at Firestone Racing send our prayers and good wishes for a speedy recover to Kenny Brack. Although this a difficult time for everyone involved in the Indy Racing community, we still would like to congratulate Gil on his win and his very successful racing career. We'll miss him as a driver, but hopefully there will be other opportunities to work with him in another capacity in the future. Congratulations also to Scott Dixon on his first series championship. We've worked with Scott since his days as a Dayton Indy Lights champion and knew then that he would succeed at this level. We look forward to seeing him defend his championship next season."

Firestone Performance Award:

Scott Dixon Scott Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi G-Force/Toyota/Firestone, led lap 87 today, earning a $10,000 bonus from Firestone Racing. The award commemorates Firestone competing in every Indy Racing League IndyCar event since the series debut in 1996.

Race temperatures ranged from 90 to 104 degrees track and from 72 to 75 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 32 to 40 degrees track and from 22 to 24 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi
Teams Team Penske