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Gil de Ferran

Gil de Ferran, 1996, US 500. Copyright Brian Brown, 2010. Used with permission.

Gil de Ferran, 1996, US 500. Copyright Brian Brown, 2010. Used with permission.

Gil de Ferran, Indianapolis 500, 2016. Copyright, Brian Crowe, 2016. Used with Permission.

Gil de Ferran, Indianapolis 500, 2016. Copyright, Brian Crowe, 2016. Used with Permission.

Born:

11 Nov 1967
Paris, France

Nationality:

Brazil

F3000 starts:

17 (1993-1994)

Indy 500s:

4 (1995-2003)

Talented driver who never made it to F1, but moved to the US and became a legend. Won the CART title twice, in 2000 and 2001. He also won the Indy 500 in 2003, with Penske Racing. He retired at the end of 2003 and worked as a TV commentator. In 2005, he was named as Honda's F1 Sporting Director, a role he kept until 2007. In 2008, he announced a surprise return to racing, and did this with his very own, newly formed ALMS team. In 2009, though, he finally retired as a driver and in 2010 ran a ALMS and IRL team. In 2011, he disbanded the team and although his ultimate aim is to design and build single-seater racing cars, he is for now running an engineering company. He is also an ambassador for Formula E. Gil has also designed his own large ocean-side house in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Biography last updated 19 Mar 2016