Gil de Ferran biography

Gil de Ferran, one of auto racing's most sophisticated and diverse drivers, made history in May of 2003 by taking the chequered flag at the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 and retiring at the end of that season with a victory in his final race, ...

Gil de Ferran biography

Gil de Ferran, one of auto racing's most sophisticated and diverse drivers, made history in May of 2003 by taking the chequered flag at the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 and retiring at the end of that season with a victory in his final race, ending a highly successful 23 year driving career.

Born in Paris, France, the son of a Ford Motor Company executive, de Ferran moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil when he was nine months old. He began racing karts at the age of 14 and by the age of 19, de Ferran won the Brazilian Formula Ford 1600 Championship. That success prompted him to leave Engineering College in Sao Paulo and move to England in 1988 to continue his career in racing.

De Ferran moved up the ladder steadily. By 1991, he was in British Formula 3 and in his second season, driving for Jackie Stewart's son team Paul Stewart Racing, captured the British F3 Championship, taking seven victories. He moved into the FIA Formula 3000 Series for the next two seasons, winning a total of three races and finishing third in 1994, still driving for the same team.

In 1995, enticed by the legendary Jim Hall, de Ferran moved to the United States to begin racing on the Indy Car circuit and immediately won Rookie of the Year Honors with one victory in that season. In 2000, de Ferran joined Team Penske, the team with the most wins in motorsports history, together they won two consecutive Championships (2000 & 2001), becoming only the fourth driver in CART history to achieve this feat.

In addition, de Ferran became "The Fastest Man in the World" when he set the closed course speed record by completing a lap at 241.428 mph at California Speedway on October 28, 2000.

De Ferran, is married to Angela, they have two children, Anna and Luke, aged ten and seven respectively.

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