Gil De Ferran Cause of Death


Gil de Ferran Cause of Death

Renowned Indy winner Gil de Ferran passes away at 56 due to a heart attack

On December 30, the Brazilian Automobile Confederation (CBA) reported the tragic passing of former Indianapolis 500 champion Gil de Ferran at the age of 56. De Ferran suffered a heart attack while racing in Florida at a private motor racing club in Opa-locka. The accomplished racer, who secured victory at the Indy 500 in 2003, also contributed to Formula One as a consultant with McLaren, following his role as sporting director. Despite being swiftly transported to a local hospital, he did not survive the medical emergency.

Gil de Ferran, the Paris-born Brazilian, achieved significant success by winning the Champ Car World Series in 2000 and 2001 while driving for Team Penske. In response to his tragic passing, Team Penske expressed profound sorrow, stating, "We are terribly saddened to hear about today’s tragic passing of Gil de Ferran. Gil defined class as a driver and as a gentleman. As an INDYCAR Champion and an Indianapolis 500 winner, Gil accomplished so much during his career, both on and off the track. He was a great friend to the Team Penske and INDYCAR family, as well as the entire international motorsports community. Gil’s passing is a terrible loss, and he will be deeply missed.

McLaren expressed deep sorrow over the loss of Gil de Ferran, describing him as a beloved member of the McLaren family. Recognizing his significance within the Racing team, McLaren highlighted Gil's formidable presence both on and off the track, leaving a lasting impact on all those who raced and worked alongside him. The team conveyed heartfelt condolences, stating, "He will be missed by everyone at McLaren Racing.

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