Gil de Ferran is a Brazilian French former race car driver. He was was the 2000 and 2001 Champ Car champion driving for the Penske Honda Team and the winner of the 2003 Indianapolis 500.
De Ferran began his career in kart racing in the early 1980s. He graduated to Formula Ford level in 1987 and Formula Three in 1991. De Ferran won the British Formula Three Championship in 1992, scoring seven wins in the process. He spent 1993 and 1994 driving for Paul Stewart Racing in Formula 3000 and won the rookie of the year award in 1995 by finishing 14th. He scored his first Champ Car win in the last race of the year at Laguna Seca. De Ferran?s breakthrough came in 1999 as he beat Juan Pablo Montoya at Portland to take his first win since mid-1996 and the Walker team’s first since early-1995. In 2000 and 2001 de Ferran won two Champ Car titles and an Indy 500 victory. In 2005, he moved to BAR Honda Formula One as their Sports Director.
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