Gil de Ferran to run BAR Honda team

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement. 04/05/05 Last Sunday, Gil de Ferran called the Indy Racing League event as color analyst for ESPN. In a few days, the employees of the BAR-Honda Formula One team will start calling the 37-year-old Brazilian their boss. SPEEDTV.com has learned that in the next few days de Ferran will be named sporting director of the English-based team that has failed to finish a race so far in 2005. de Ferran was in Indianapolis Tuesday but flying back home to Fort Lauderdale and unavailable for comment.

Alan Henry, the longtime F-1 correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, also confirmed this unlikely, if not shocking, promotion in Wednesday's editions. It's not a surprise that current CEO Nick Fry is under fire since this season has been a disaster for Jensen Button and Takuma Sato. After finishing third and eighth in the 2004 point standings, neither has made it to the end of a race and both have been off pace. And Toyota has scored a pair of podiums and pretty much humiliated their arch rival.

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