Sunday, 16 August 2009 02:30
de Ferran Motorsport's dominance of the American Le Mans Series continued at Elkhart Lake's Road America when Gil de Ferran recorded the team's fourth consecutive pole position today with a time of 1'48.216.
Gil de Ferran and team-mate Simon Pagenaud had earlier topped the timesheetsin both practice sessions and are delighted to celebrate the team’s fourth consecutive pole.
Gil de Ferran:
“It's great to be on pole here with what will be my last driver appearance here. This is certainly one of my favourite road courses and this pole really belongs to the engineers and crew and is a credit to their preparation for this event. They all did a great job leading up to the race and that made my job much easier. There was a lot of analysis of the track and past races and so the package coming into this weekend was already really strong, we have just been tweaking and making it better since the first practice. I'm having a fantastic time and it's great to be starting at the front, but we don't expect an easy ride in the race tomorrow."
Tomorrow’s Road America event will be de Ferran's final race at the longest circuit in the US. The popular former Indy 500 winner announced at Mid Ohio that he would be stepping out of the cockpit and retiring at the end of the year to focus on running de Ferran Motorsports.
Sunday’s two hour 45 minute Acura Sports Car Challenge is the sixth round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series and will kick off at 2.05pm local time.