de Farran Dragon Racing


Former double IndyCar World Series Champion and 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner, Gil de Ferran has enjoyed huge success in international motorsport and driven for some of the most legendary and successful team owners including Roger Penske, Jackie Stewart and Jim Hall. It was no surprise that when the 42 year old Brazilian turned his attention to team ownership and management he would continue his winning ways.

Gil started racing karts in his native Brazil at the age of five and as a teenager moved to Europe to compete in junior single seater motorsport with great success in both continents culminating in the prestigious British Formula 3 title in 1992. He then made the brave move to the United States to race in the IndyCar World Series with Jim Hall. He immediately made an impression on the series and was crowned 1995 Rookie of the Year. After a second year with Hall and three years racing with Walker Racing, de Ferran was chosen to drive for front running Team Penske in 2000 and success was immediate; two IndyCar World Series championship crowns were to follow. Gil went on to win the Indy 500 in 2003 and soon after announced his decision to retire at the end of the season.

Throughout his career de Ferran became known as the “professor” due to his reputation as a technically astute driver. Having studied engineering at university the subject always fascinated him and his technical feedback abilities earned him vital development roles with all the major manufacturers instrumental in his career including Honda, Goodyear and Reynard. This put him in great position for the career he forged outside the cockpit.

In 2005 de Ferran returned to the UK to take up the role of Sporting Director for the Honda Racing Formula One team, further strengthening his solid relationship with the Japanese manufacturer that had flourished during his IndyCar years. He left Formula One in 2007 and with backing from Honda set up his American Le Mans Series operation, running the Acura ARX-01b in the LMP2 division of the championship. The move also saw the Brazilian return to the cockpit as lead driver in his new team with support from young Frenchman Simon Pagenaud. Success was immediate and de Ferran Motorsports took four front row grid positions, led six races and scored three podium finishes in just eight starts.

2009 saw another challenge when de Ferran Motorsports was chosen by Honda to develop the Acura ARX-02a for competition in the LMP1 division of the American Le Mans Series. The team scored five outright wins, seven poles, seven fastest laps and finished runners up in the ALMS LMP1 Championship.

Half way through 2009 de Ferran announced his decision to retire from the cockpit at the end of the racing season, expressing his intention to concentrate all his resources on expanding his team, making public his desire to return to IndyCar racing as a front running team owner. The merger with Luczo Dragon Racing is the realization of this ambition and the beginning of another exciting chapter in the de Ferran success story.


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