Tag Archive: Gil de Ferran

Feb 26

Kanaan falls out of De Ferran Dragon drive

The team, which itself may now close

De Ferran - Dragon logoTony Kanaan (2) - Andretti Autosport - 10-2010Tony Kanaan has lost his potential new race seat at De Ferran Dragon Racing after failing to find sufficient sponsorship money to bring to the team, which itself may now close. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 03

Number of Series personalities elected to RRDC

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

Dallara rolling chassis, open aero kits for 2012 IndyCar

The new design will feature a rolling chassis with an enhanced safety cell

At a press conference in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Toby Theatre, attended by all IndyCar owners and drivers, the IZOD IndyCar Series announced its long-awaited chassis plans for 2012 and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

May 21

Smith to the top in opening Mazda Raceway practice

Lola-Mazda leads tight LMP contingent

Guy Smith put Mazda power out front at its home track with the fastest time in Friday’s first official practice session for the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patrón. Dyson Racing’s English ace posted a best lap of 1:14.335 (108.385 mph) in the Lola-Mazda coupe that he will drive with Chris Dyson and Andy Meyrick. Read the rest of this entry »

May 06

Franchitti embraces Mazda Raceway history challenge

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

USF1 not asking to sit out early 2010 races

“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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

Another win for Corvette

Mosport victory is story of the year

Corvette Racing won again in the American Le Mans Series as fans voted the team’s first GT2 victory at Mosport in August as the Story of the Year for 2009.  Johnny O’Connell, who made his 100th start in the Series, teamed with Jan Magnussen in the third race for the GT2 version of the No. 3 Corvette C6.R during the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 25

Speedfreaks welcome Gil de Ferran on Sunday night

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Gil de Ferran wins wild farewell race in Monterey (+photos & result)

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Retiring de Ferran pips Brabham for one last pole (+photos & results)

 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Another turn: Obrigado Jim and Gil

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Chaparrals turn back the clock at Mazda Raceway (+photos)

Gil de Ferran, Pagenaud and Jim Hall parade around circuit

The white surroundings of a Chaparral suited Gil de Ferran just fine. His last weekend as a driver started out like a dream – behind the wheel of Jim Hall’s Chaparral 2 around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 09

Gil de Ferran out front in Monterey testing (+photos)

On his final weekend of competitive driving

Gil de Ferran turned in the fastest lap in testing Thursday for the Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by Patrón with a lap of 1:12.557 (111.041 mph) around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 08

Gil de Ferran’s drives…(+photos)

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Gil de Ferran joining race reporters at 7pm Wednesday

Three days before his retirement race

Indianapolis 500 and American Le Mans Series race-winner Gil de Ferran will be the Newsmaker of the Week on The Race Reporters radio show at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 03

A look at the Championship Chases (+photos)

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 02

In his own words: Jim Hall

 As part of the special celebrations

To mark Gil de Ferran’s final appearance as a race car driver next weekend in the American Le Mans Series’ season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the Brazilian is honoring the role US motorsport legend Jim Hall played in his career. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 30

A special farewell for Gil de Ferran

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 01

Final report from Grand-Prix of Mosport (+result & photos)

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.

Do not miss our photos from Mosport

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Aug 19

The Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport next week

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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