Greg Moore and Gil De Ferran
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- Named Organization
- Marlboro Team Penske
- Players Forsythe Racing Team
- Named Person
- Challis, S.
- Deferran, G.
- Forsythe, J.
- Matthews, C.
- Moore, G.
- Pappas, W.
- Penske, R.
- Phillips, D.
- Walker, D.
- Master ID
- 2080724048 Status Report Project: Marlboro Team Penske
- 2080724049 The Usually Loquacious Darrell Waltrip Gets Choked Up Talking About His Final Season as a Driver in 20000000. // Moreno Makes Living as Supersub
- 2080724050 Prix-Pared
- 2080724051 Tracy Grabs Provisional Pole at Detroit GP Over Montoya
- 2080724052 Team Penske Drops Al Unser JR.
- 2080724053 Roger and out: Little Al's Gone // Montoya Edges Tracy for Pole at Belle Island
- 2080724054 Cart Not Staying Still
- 2080724055 Al Unser JR. Shrugs Off Penske Divorce
- 2080724056 Rookie Sensation Montoya Takes Cart Pole in Detroit // Franchitti Wins Chaotic Detroit
- 2080724057 Moore on the Move // Switches Flip Mid-Ohio Race
- 2080724058 Cart Teams
- 2080724059 Moore, De Ferran Don't See Gamble With Penske
- 2080724060 Unser to Go it Alone for 3 Races
- 2080724061 . About Roger Penske and Al Unser JR. // Unser to Go it Alone for 3 Races
- 2080724062 Little Al, Tossed by Penske, Vows He's Not Done Yet
- 2080724063 Roger Vows Commitment to Team Penske
- 2080724064 Roger Vows Commitment to Team Penske
- 2080724065 Fran-Tastic! Teamwork Key to Kool Green
- 2080724066 De Ferran Anxious to Answer 'the Call' for Penske
- 2080724067 Tracy Has Lost That Rainy Day Feeling // Miller Lite 200 Starting Grid
- 2080724068 Montoya Is Brash, But He Backs it Up
- 2080724069 Montoya Is Brash, But He Backs it Up
- 2080724070 Another Bad Day for Team Penske
- 2080724071 All About Cart, From a (Andretti) to Z (Zimbabwe)
- 2080724072 Everything You Want to Know About Championship Auto Racing Teams the Abcs of Cart
- 2080724073 Cart From a to Z Indy Racing Easy to Learn, Hard to Master
- 2080724074 Advice From Cart Veterans Prove Invaluable to Driver
- 2080724075 The Penske Files: Chris Gantner, Electronics Department
- 2080724076 Duffy Working on Plan to Bring Petty Driving Experience to CMS
- 2080724077-4078 Still the Boss. Roger Penske Still Committed to Racing With Best in the Sport
- 2080724079 Juanderful Showing as Montoya Wins Target Race
- 2080724080 Kenseth Scores Bristol Victory
- 2080724081-4082 Auto Racing Spotlight Wired Wheels Computers Play Crucial Role in Today's Race Cars
- 2080724083 'Life in the Pits' With Al Unser JR.'S Marlboro Team Penske Crew
- 2080724084 Team Penske Picks Reynard
- 2080724085 Cart Notebook // Turn the Page
- 2080724086 Driver Killed in Practice at Laguna Seca
- 2080724087 Racers Use High Tech to Create High Speed
- 2080724088 Al Unser JR.
- 2080724089-4090 Fast Food Penske Chef Creates a High-Octane Buffet
- 2080724091-4095 On the Byte Track
- 2080724096 Penske Dumps Unser From Team
- 2080724097 Down But Not out
- 2080724098 On the Move
- 2080724099 'Little Al' Vows He's Not Done Yet
- 2080724100 Little Al Leaving Penske Team With Few Regrets
- 2080724101 Little Al Vows He's Not Done Yet
- 2080724102 Little Al Vows He's Not out of Fast Lane for Good
- 2080724103 Little Al Vows He's Not Done Yet
- 2080724104 Big Setback
- 2080724105 Unser JR. Reaches Crossroads
- 2080724106 Al Unser JR.: Will Work for Speed
- 2080724107 Little Al Isn't Ready to Give Up on Racing Yet
- 2080724108 Little Al Unser Hopes Change Will Bring Victories
- 2080724109 Lil' Al's Head in a Swirl
- 2080724110 Al Unser JR. Soldiering on
- 2080724111 Little Al Not Done Racing Yet
- 2080724112 Little Al Not Ready to Ride Off Into the Sunset
- 2080724113 Unser JR. to Leave Penske Team in 20000000
- 2080724114 Unser Hopes to Revive Dynasty
- 2080724115 After Long Victory Drought, Unser JR., Penske Will Part
- 2080724116 Little Al Goes Back to Basics
- 2080724117 Unser JR., Penske Decide to Go Their Separate Ways
- 2080724118 Unser JR. Looks for New Start
- 2080724119 Unser Offering No Apologies
- 2080724120 Little Al Vows He's Not Done Yet
- 2080724121 Qualifying for Cart Shell 300 Cancelled After Driver Killed in Crash
- 2080724122-4123 Little Al Blues
- 2080724124 Competition 990906 Shakeup at Penske?
- 2080724125 Penske Builds All-New Superteam
- 2080724126 Marlboro Team Penske
- 2080724127 Fedex Championship Series Notes & Quotes
- 2080724128 Following the Tide
- 2080724129-4130 The Gang of Four
- 2080724131 Unser's Slow Progress
- 2080724132 Moore Magic
- 2080724133 Tarso on His Marks
- 2080724134 Many Ponder Unser's Future as: Little Al Visits Ppir.
- 2080724136 Competition 990920 Dark Day
- 2080724137 Al Unser JR. - Marlboro Team Penske Lola / Mercedes / Goodyear
- 2080724138 Fedex Championship Series Chicago Round 15
- 2080724139 Franchise Players
- 2080724140 Race Car Drivers Choose Designer Wear Off the Track
- 2080724150 Penske Serves Notice
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Greg Moore and Gil de Ferran Roger Penske's new signings spoke with DAVID PHILLIPS about their decision-making processes DP: How difficult was it to leave your current teams? GM: It was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make in my life. Everyone in the Player's company and everyone in the Player's/Forsythe Racing team seems like family. I've been with them since 1995 and, obviously, without Player's and Jerry Forsythe, I wouldn't be where I am today. So it was with sad emotions that I did it, but with excitement for the future. GdF: It was very tough. I developed a great relationship with Derrick [Walker] and the whole team. We've been working on this project for three years and, obviously, the timing of the whole thing was really important. This was a unique opportunity that presented itself to me. Derrick is working on some very exciting plans, but the timing just wasn't right. DP: Despite its great histor¢ Marlboro Team Penske seems to have lost its way in recent years. Do you consider driving for them as a gamble? GM: I've been involved with Roger since 1994, when I first tested his car. When it was time to look at what other options were out there, I looked at Roger and saw the fierceness and competitiveness in his eyes and how he's attacking the next couple of years. I don't look at it as a gamble. I look at it as a challenge. One of the reasons I looked to Roger was, sure, he's one of the world's most successful businessmen, but he's still a racer, and I know he's not happy being where he is right now. GdF: It's certainly going to be a challenge. Basically, it took me one meeting with Roger to understand that his commitment to success is humungous. He wants to win very, very badly, and he'll do whatever is necessary to turn the situation around. Plus, one cannot underestimate what it means to drive for this team. The Penske name, it's a great name in motorsports, not only in America but worldwide. It's something that you can tell your grandchildren proudly; that you were once a racing driver and you drove for Penske. I would compare it on an emotional level as almost like having a ride with Ferrari. UP: How much did the fact that each of you knew Roger was negotiating with the other guy influence your decision? GtlF: It was a big factor. Without any false modesty, nobody's going to sign Greg and myself just for a joke. It's obviously a very serious commitment. So again, that springs from the fact that Roger's commitment to win is such that he will do whatever it takes. GM: I think that probably got us both excited. As far as driver combinations go, I think it's a strong one. DP: What different strengths do you each bring to the team? GM: Where do you want to start? I bring some of the speed and setup to the ovals, and Gil has been extremely quick on the road courses and street circuits, so I guess that's going to be his forte. I think different packages allow people to show different skills, and I think combining those two resources and having each other's data...that's going to make our driving combination extremely high. On the other hand, we get along well personally. GdF: Greg has obviously had success in the past, so that's an experience he can bring to the team. As far as the way he goes about his business, he is extremely talented and I think he is very dedicated. Put it this way, the work that he would put into the team as far as the development goes is not something that I would have to re-do. So in that sense we're going to be able to add our work through the year. Greg will pick it up and take it to here, then I'll pick it up and take it farther, then Greg will take it farther again and so on. And on a personal level, I have a great relationship with the guy, so I think that's going to help a lot. Portrait by Doug Garrison DP: You've both enjoyed success with your current race engineers. Are there plans for them to join you at Marlboro Team Penske? GdF: I have a great relationship with Bill [Pappas] and Chuck [Matthews]. I've been working with Bill throughout my CART career and I certainly would like to continue working with Bill and Chuck, but that's a decision they would have to make. I don't employ them. Derrick employs them. They have a great relationship with Derrick and I don't even know if they are available. I'm not one to force-feed anything or anybody. I would certainly like to continue working with them and I'm certain Roger would take that into consideration it the opportunity came along. GM: The answer lies with Steve [Challis]. He just recently moved to Indianapolis with his wife and kids. I'd love to take him with me if I could, and I'm sure Roger would like to have him on board because Steve and I are a team. We've been together since 1991. It would be my dream to have him come with me, but the ball is in his court. DP: Each of you is familiar with elements of the technicaf package that Penske does not currently use: Reynard chassis and, in Greg's case, Firestone tires and, in Gil's case, Honda engines. How much influence will you have on next years technical package? GdF: I have good relationships with Reynard, Goodyear and Honda, and as far as Roger goes, I know he is reviewing everything, equipment included. I will certainly express my opinions about the way way I feel in terms of how much respect I have for the people I've been involved with, and sometime in the future he'll be putting the irons to bed. But that's not right now. GM: We haven't talked about it. Gil and I are both leaving that up to Roger. I'm sure we'll have some consultation an it but, in the long run, it comes down to who has the horsepower-and that's Roger. October/Nnvember 1999 ChampCar 29
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