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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Dane Cameron 314
1 Eric Curran 314
2 Joao Barbosa 311
2 Christian Fittipaldi 311
3 Jordan Taylor 309
3 Ricky Taylor 309
4 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 282
5 Marc Goossens 273
6 Tom Long 258
6 Joel Miller 258
7 Tristan Nunez 257
7 Jonathan Bomarito 257
8 John Pew 255
9 Ryan Dalziel 247
10 Katherine Legge 247
11 Sean Rayhall 196
12 Scott Sharp 128
12 Johannes van Overbeek 128
12 Luis Felipe Derani 128
13 Olivier Pla 113
14 Max Angelelli 113
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay 109
16 Spencer Pigot 95
17 Andy Meyrick 91
18 Filipe Albuquerque 88
19 Ed Brown 72
20 Ben Devlin 70
21 Scott Pruett 62
22 Simon Pagenaud 55
23 Rubens Barrichello 53
24 Nicolas Minassian 52
25 Byron DeFoor 46
25 Jim Pace 46
25 David Hinton 46
25 Dorsey Schroeder 46
26 Henrik Hedman 29
26 Nicolas Lapierre 29
27 Brendon Hartley 27
27 Andy Priaulx 27
27 Lance Stroll 27
27 Alex Wurz 27
28 Jonny Adam 26
29 Jamie McMurray 25
29 Scott Dixon 25
29 Tony Kanaan 25
29 Kyle Larson 25
30 Gabby Chaves 25
31 Thomas Gruber 24
32 Keiko Ihara 24
33 Maurizio Mediani 23
33 Kirill Ladygin 23
33 Mikhail Aleshin 23
34 AJ Allmendinger 21
35 Carlos de Quesada 21
35 Dominik Farnbacher 21
35 Cameron Lawrence 21
35 Daniel Morad 21
36 Andreas Wirth 20

Prototype Teams
1 #31 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 314
2 #5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 311
3 #10 WAYNE TAYLOR RACING 309
4 #60 MICHAEL SHANK RACING 282
5 #90 VISITFLORIDA RACING 273
6 #70 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 258
7 #55 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 257
8 #0 PANOZ DELTAWING RACING 220
9 #2 TEQUILA PATRON ESM 128
10 #50 HIGHWAY TO HELP 46
11 #81 DRAGONSPEED 29
12 #01 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 27
13 #02 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 25
14 #37 SMP RACING 23
15 #24 ALEGRA MOTORSPORTS 21

Prototype Manufacturers
1 Chevrolet 338
2 Ligier 324
3 Mazda 304
4 Oreca 56
5 BR 30
Q and A with new ALMS driver Gil de Ferran

ALMS
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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New American Le Mans Series driver and team owner Gil de Ferran spoke with the media regarding the debut of the de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-01b. De Ferran, a two-time CART champion and former Indy 500 winner, will team with Simon Pagenaud at Miller Motorsports Park in the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix presented by the Grand and Little America Hotels.

The formation of the de Ferran Motorsports program?
“In a way, it’s a little bit of a long story. I have been associated with the Honda motorsports program literally for over a decade. That association took a wide variety of forms throughout the years. I worked very closely with HPD (Honda Performance Development) engineers, who now are in charge of the Acura sports car program, as a development driver. I played that role until I stopped racing CART. More recently I was the Sporting Director for the Honda F1 team and fulfilled that role for two years.

“Over that time, I managed to cement a lot of relationships with Honda and Acura, which made me aware of their plans for this program. It was one of those things where opportunity meets desire. There always been a desire on my part to expand my involvement in motorsports into team ownership. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to join a group that I know very well.”

Starting this effort in midseason?
“We started really having conversations about this late last year. Really from that moment we decided to go, there was not enough time to make it to the 12 Hours of Sebring. Frankly, we’ve been really pushing hard to make it to this race. The guys have been putting in many hours. We’ve been pushing our suppliers very hard to get things ready on time.

“From my standpoint, our program has a long-term view. Sometimes that’s the way ideas come about and business happens. On the other hand, I’m excited to be starting this weekend. I guess I’m just looking at the positives.”

Impressions of Miller Motorsports Park?
“It’s one of the best circuits I’ve been to. It’s very much a world-class facility. In my previous role as an up-and-coming driver, then as IndyCar driver and then as Sporting Director of a Formula 1 team, I have had my share of experiences at tracks around the world. But Miller Motorsports Park is one of the nicest venues I have been to. The facilities are great but the layout is a nice challenging mixture of high- and slow-speed turns. Everything is done really well there. This is a good opportunity to congratulate the folks who put this fantastic venue together.

“This track has a very European flavor. The sequence of Turn 1, Turn 2 and Turn 3 are very challenging and remind me of Silverstone. There is an up-and-down section on the back at Turn 8 and Turn 9; it is an uphill chicane that reminds me a lot of Mid-Ohio where you get a lot of elevation changes.”

Getting back into the cockpit?
“I certainly wasn’t looking for a job solely as a driver. I wasn’t knocking on Roger Penske’s door or anyone else’s door for that matter to get a job as a driver. I certainly missed driving. It’s very hard to find something that replaces that sensation and emotions you have when driving a race car to the limit. There is really nothing else in life that will quite match that. I always was particularly fond of qualifying where you put on a new set of tires and explore new limits. Qualifying is a very pure part of what we do where all that matters is speed. Having said all that, I guess I was so focused on my different roles since I got out of the car that I was managing my withdrawal symptoms fairly well. But when this opportunity came along, it fit my ambitions to go into team ownership. This is a role where I can add some value. I believe that it is a role that I will enjoy. The HPD engineers are people who I have worked a lot with in the past.
Another aspect that I have recently found out is that I am certainly enjoying a new aspect, which is a mentoring role to my teammate Simon.

“From a driving standpoint, it is a great challenge. Lap-time wise, they are not dissimilar to an IndyCar. We are pulling incredible Gs everywhere. Miller Motorsports Park is a very physical racetrack and we are pulling three to four Gs under braking and cornering. But what attracted me to sports car racing is the fascination I had with machines. If you look at the cars, you can’t help but thinking they are mega-cool. The technology involved with them is leading-edge. The teams involved are world-class and certainly there are some great manufacturers involved. And if you know a little about me I have a soft spot for sophisticated cars and machinery. That’s how I got into the sport as a kid.”

Walking away from racing in 2003?
“I was looking for different challenges. I felt that I had been a professional racing car driver for more than 20 years. I was driving for one of the best teams in the world and enjoying a fair amount of success. But at the end of the day I was looking for another mountain to climb. The way I run my life is that I am throwing myself in the deep end of the pool because I enjoy the process of getting back to the surface. Through those struggles you always learn and you always grow.

“I certainly feel like a rookie again. There are so many aspects to this type of racing that we have been trying to get acquainted with. Team ownership and everything else that goes along with this program has been a big challenge and something I am enjoying very much.”

The Utah and Salt Lake City area?
“I’m not unfamiliar to Utah and Salt Lake City. I started coming here in 1999 to go skiing, and every winter I’m here either for Christmas and New Year’s or one or the other. We usually go up to Deer Valley. It is becoming a family tradition. The snow is good and fortunately my kids already are skiing better than I am. But I still have a good time.”

LMP1 vs. LMP2 at Miller?
“I haven’t yet raced against any of the P1 cars and certainly haven’t raced against the Audis. But from what I have seen they do enjoy quite a bit of a straight-line speed advantage due to the rules, which is fine. This configuration of the track in terms of proportions between twisty bits and straight lines has changed to increase the amount of straight-line sections. However there are still a significant amount of corners to get around and a very interesting and varied combination of turns. I don’t think it’s a purely straight-line speed track.”

Choosing Simon Pagenaud?
“Before I became a driver and certainly now an owner, I always have been a racing fan. And as a racing fan, I have followed most forms of motorsport around the world. Simon caught my attention because he became the Formula Atlantic champion in his first year racing in America. That’s an impressive feat. You arrive here and you don’t know the competition, you don’t know the teams, you don’t know the track, you don’t know anything. It is a hard thing to do in your first year, particularly in some of these series where you don’t have a lot of testing. That put his name on the list. Certainly I knew about his feats in Champ Car. My old friends at Walker Racing had a very high opinion of him both as a person and a driver. Frankly when I met with him, I really liked the guy. He’s very professional and very serious about what he does. He shows a high degree of maturity for such a young guy. For a team like ourselves that is young and growing with a lot to learn, Simon is a perfect fit.”

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