• Aug 10th 2009 at 5:33PM
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Gil de Ferran driving his Acura AXR-02a - click above for a high-res image gallery

Shortly after grabbing the overall pole position for Saturday's American Le Mans Series Race at Mid-Ohio, Gil de Ferran announced that he would again hang up his helmet at the end of the 2009 season. Instead of driving, de Ferran intends to expand his race team, adding a second sports car in ALMS as well as a two-car effort in the IRL IndyCar series.

This is not the first de Ferran has walked away from competitive driving. He retired from the Penske IndyCar team in 2003 to take up a slot as Sporting Director of the Honda F1 team. Early in 2008 he announced his return to the cockpit with the formation of de Ferran Motorsports and took advantage of his long-time association with Honda to get a third Acura LMP2 car in 2008. This year his team, along with Highcroft Racing, lead Acura's move to LMP1. Gil and team-mate Simon Pagenaud have won the last three ALMS races and are currently second in the championship.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      He looks kinda like Russell Crowe in that picture
      • 6 Years Ago
      "took advantage of his long-time association with Honda to get a third Acura LMP2 car in 2008."???

      With the addition of de Ferran there were 4 Acura LMP2 teams in 2008. Highcroft, Fernandez, Andretti Green & de Ferran.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sebastien Bourdais may now have a ride for indy car next year.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd rather watch paint dry than see Bourdais back in Indy. Although he could buy his seat with he cry baby money he got from Red Bull.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is great news all around. More cars, more interest in AOWR.

      I don't understand why we have to bring up bourdais though--and even less why people would knock him. The guy was an outstanding driver in ChampCar, and usually very respectful/presentable.
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