Driver, team owner
A trained engineer, as well as one of the world’s top drivers, some likened his relationship with Roger Penske to that of the late Mark Donohue. In four seasons with “The Captain,” de Ferran won the 2000 and 2001 IndyCar titles and 2003 Indianapolis 500. The Brazilian retired from open wheel racing that same year after a season-ending win at Texas and finishing 2nd in the 2003 IndyCar drivers’ championship. In all, de Ferran scored 12 wins and 21 poles in 160 IndyCar starts. He first broke through as 1992 British Formula 3 champion. Three years later, he collected his first IndyCar win and the 1995 CART Rookie of the Year award for inductee Jim Hall. He joined Penske after three seasons with Walker Racing. In 2008, de Ferran started his own sports car team, which in its second and final season grabbed 2nd in the 2009 American Le Mans Series LMP1 constructors’ championship, winning five of 10 events, and 2nd and 3rd in the drivers’ standings for him and Simon Pagenaud.