The team, which itself may now close
Atherton, star competitors receive distinguished honor
A number of figures from the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón have been elected into The Road Racing Drivers Club for 2010. Thirty-one new members for the prestigious organization were announced over the weekend – many with roots in the Series and sanctioning body IMSA.
Longer race enhances spectacle for fans, Scotsman says…
The 2010 season marks the 53rd year of motorsport at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Always a fan-favorite, the venue has a rich history of sports car competition dating back to its earliest days. So it’s no surprise that Patrón Highcroft Racing’s Marino Franchitti also has a soft spot for the picturesque circuit on the Monterey Peninsula.
“I can’t say any more than that we will definitely be on the Bahrain grid.”
Team sources have denied suggestions that USF1 has asked to be excused from the opening races of the 2010 season. According to Italy’s Gazzetta Sportiva, the American team has requested dispensation to sit out the flyaway rounds Bahrain, Australia, Malaysia and China in March and April, and instead make its formula one debut the following month in Barcelona.
Gil de Ferran will be the featured guest Sunday on SpeedFreaks, which airs at 10 p.m. ET Sunday night
De Ferran Motorsports owner and now-retired driver will discuss the 2009 American Le Mans Series season that saw the two-time CART champion and Indy 500 winner take five overall victories in their XM Acura ARX-02a, the most of any team in the championship, including the season finale two weeks ago at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
de Ferran rode into the sunset with a victory in his final race Saturday
Patrón Highcroft Racing had its own special ride as well at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to close the 2009 American Le Mans Series. De Ferran and Simon Pagenaud won the Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by Patrón after the retiring Brazilian legend’s thrilling duel with Adrian Fernandez in the final 30 minutes of the four-hour classic.
Retiring Brazilian legend secures pole position at Mazda Raceway
He claimed pole position for the Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by Patrón, the final race in the Brazilian’s lengthy career. de Ferran’s best lap of 1min 11.20secs in the XM-backed Acura ARX-02a barely beat out good friend and close rival David Brabham in the Patrón Highcroft Racing Acura, but was enough for him to top the timesheets for one final time before heading into the retirement he announced in August.
For the second time in a remarkably diverse and successful career
Gil de Ferran will retire as a race driver at the conclusion of Saturday’s Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by Patrón at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In contrast to his first farewell, announced after he won the 2003 IndyCar Series season finale at Texas World Speedway, de Ferran gave everyone plenty of warning about his Swan Song II, revealing his plans at Mid-Ohio in August.
The best of the best
Gil de Ferran’s illustrious career comes to an end this weekend with the four-hour Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by Patrón. De Ferran Motorsports’ team owner hopes to end his run on a high note with a victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the site where he scored his first IndyCar victory in the 1995 season.
In the twilight and darkness on the Pacific coast
Since 2004, the American Le Mans Series’ annual visit to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca means four hours of the world’s premier sports cars, teams and drivers racing into the twilight and darkness on the Pacific coast. It also draws a curtain to the championship chase, and this year is no different.
de Ferran will retire from professional driving at the end of the season
Two-time IndyCar Champion and 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran is preparing for a very special send-off when the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca venue in California plays host to the final round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series – the Monterey Sports Car Championships on October 10.
P1 manufacturer title for Acura, P2 drivers title for Fernandez/Diaz, first GT2 victory for Corvette Racing
The fastest venue in the American Le Mans Series produced another historic result Sunday. David Brabham and Scott Sharp drove their Patrón Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-02a to an overall victory at Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport and clinched the LMP1 manufacturer championship for Acura, the marque’s first in the American Le Mans Series.
American Le Mans Series headlines full weekend of racing
With the end of summer approaching, race fans will have the chance to close out their racing seasons with one more action-packed weekend when the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport featuring the American Le Mans Series returns, Aug. 27-30.
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