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TWO-TIME CART IndyCar Champion and 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran has died, aged 56.

The Brazilian was best known for his time racing in the top tier of American open wheeler racing.

He won the 2000 and 2001 CART Championships for Marlboro Team Penske and won the 2003 Indianapolis 500 for the team after it made the move to the Indy Racing League.

He died while racing with his son at the private The Concourse Club track in Florida, reportedly suffering a heart attack, and could not be revived.

De Ferran made a single start in Supercars, co-driving the Mother Falcon with Jonathon Webb at the 2011 Gold Coast 600.

“We are terribly saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Gil de Ferran. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Angela, Anna, Luke and the entire de Ferran family,” Penske said in a statement.

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