SPORTING DIRECTOR, McLAREN RACING
Migrating to Europe from his home in Brazil, Gil de Ferran followed the time-honoured path of all hungry young South American drivers, working his way up the British single-seater ladder as he bid for motorsport success.
After a successful European stint, including the 1992 British Formula 3 crown, de Ferran turned his attentions Stateside to IndyCar, where he earned Rookie of the Year honours for the ’95 season.
By the end of that decade, now driving for the legendary Penske marque, he truly made his name in the American single-seater series, winning the IndyCar title in 2000 and 2001. Two years later, he would win the legendary Indy 500.
After hanging up his helmet, Gil brought racing and business together to form a race-winning North American sports car team. He was also was elected onto Champ Car’s advisory board by his team-owner peers, and developed an extensive corporate and consultancy portfolio.
In 2017, he worked with McLaren and Fernando Alonso as the team made its sensational return to the Indy 500. In July 2018, he was appointed Sporting Director, with a remit to develop and improve every element of the race team’s operating procedures.