Friday At Long Beach
Acura Hosts Media Luncheon For De Ferran’s Unveiling Two-time CART driving champion and 2003 Indy 500 winnerGil de Ferran, who recently began a new racing career as a team owner in the American Le Mans Series, will make several major announcements on Friday, April 18, at the Grand Prix of Long Beach in the Acura Motorsports Hospitality motor coach area at 12:15 p.m.
De Ferran, who served as Sporting Director for Honda Formula One last year, formed de Ferran Motorsports in January when he and Acura racing officials announced his organization would campaign a fourth Acura LMP2 entry in 2008 ALMS tour. Gil will return to the cockpit for the first time since he retired from competition after his IndyCar Series victory at the Texas Motor Speedway in October, 2003.
The popular Brazilian racing legend made the decision to return to active competition late last year and this new effort marks his first attempt as an owner/driver. Veterran racing executive John Anderson, who last year led Dario Franchitti to Indy 500 and IndyCar Series titles for Andretti Green Racing, serves as general manager for de Ferran Motorsports. De Ferran Motorsports’ headquarters is located in Brownsburg, Ind.