BAR Sign de Ferran as Sporting Director

BAR have appointed two-times Champ Car champion and 2003 Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran as their new Sporting Director, and the shock move is expected to be confirmed by the team on Wednesday morning

BAR Sign de Ferran as Sporting Director

De Ferran, who is due to start work for the team next Monday, has been drafted in to help oversee BAR's activities during a race weekend. It is hoped that he will ease some of the pressures currently faced by CEO Nick Fry and BAR technical director Geoff Willis.

BAR are currently one of three teams that have failed to score any points this year and they are the only outfit that have not taken the chequered flag yet this season.

De Ferran will take a hands-on role in running the cars over a Grand Prix weekend - getting involved in the procedural and strategy decisions that Willis was previously overseeing. Fry, who will remain as BAR's CEO, will now be able to concentrate more on commercial and senior management matters.

De Ferran, who retired from racing at the end of 2003, is expected to continue his television commentating duties in the Indy Racing League with ESPN for this season, but will likely drop those duties at the end of the year.

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