Racer Gil de Ferran, who held the land speed record and won the 2003 Indianapolis 500, died while racing at The Concourse Club in Florida with his son on a Friday. According to many former coworkers who talked with The Associated Press, this information is accurate. Upon his passing, Gil de Ferran was 56 years old.
Gil de Ferran Cause of Death and Obituary
On December 29, 2023, Gil de Ferran, 56, departed from this life. While driving on a Florida private track, he suffered a heart attack. Gil de Ferran was reportedly on a personal way in Opa-Locka, Florida, with his son Luke, according to fellow Brazilian racer Tony Kanaan. He pulled over while driving and said he wasn’t feeling good. De Ferran, according to Kanaan, appeared to have had a heart attack and was sadly not able to be revived.
My heart sank at the news of Gil de Ferran’s death. It’s heart-wrenching. Thinking of him now and savoring every conversation. He will be missed by so many. A wonderful man and a dear and loyal friend. pic.twitter.com/aPVXjlKwY7
— Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) December 30, 2023
Family, Career, and Early Life of Gil de Ferran:
Gil de Ferran lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his children and his English wife, Angela, who worked at Paul Stewart Racing. Luke and Anna Ferran are the names of his two children.
Inspired by fellow Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi’s success, Gil de Ferran began his racing career in the early 1980s. He started racing karts before progressing to Formula Ford in 1987 and Formula Three in 1991.
Driving for Edenbridge Racing in the British Formula Three season of 1991, De Ferran finished third behind Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard. After switching to Paul Stewart Racing for the 1992 campaign, he won seven races to secure the championship.
Ferran, racing for Roger Penske, won the 2003 Indianapolis 500. This was Penske’s third straight victory in the esteemed event billed as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Roger Penske has an incredible record with 19 wins in the renowned Memorial Day weekend race.
Gil de Ferran, a Frenchman now working for Brazil, rejoined McLaren in May as a consultant. He was the sports director of McLaren’s previous fruitless attempt to get Fernando Alonso qualified for the 2019 Indianapolis 500.
In 2000 and 2001, while racing for Penske, De Ferran won the Champ Car titles, making significant achievements in his racing career. He also won the 2003 Indianapolis 500 alongside Roger Penske. While racing for his team, de Ferran Motorsports, he placed second in the American Le Mans Series’ LMP1 class in 2009.