CHAMPCAR/CART: Herta replaces PK Racing's rookie for Laguna

CHAMPCAR/CART: Herta replaces PK Racing's rookie for Laguna

MONTEREY (June 12, 2003) - PK Racing today announced that former Champ Car race winner and Laguna Seca ace Bryan Herta will take over the driving responsibilities of the ...

MONTEREY (June 12, 2003) - PK Racing today announced that former Champ Car race winner and Laguna Seca ace Bryan Herta will take over the driving responsibilities of the #27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone at this weekend's Grand Prix of Monterey.

The California native has been confirmed for the Grand Prix of Monterey only, and will replace former PK Racing driver Patrick Lemarie, who has decided to move on to other opportunities. Along with today's announcement the Rhode Island native Geoff Boss has joined Dale Coyne Racing, Herta's signing boosts the total of U.S.-born drivers in the Champ Car World Series to four.

The veteran Herta has a pair of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca victories under his belt, having taken wins at 1997 and '98 at the 2.238-mile permanent road course. Herta also owns three Laguna Seca poles, taking the top qualifying spots in each Monterey stop from 1996-98. He has 120 series starts, primarily with Team Rahal, and last competed in the series in 2001 when he ran a full season with Forsythe Championship Racing. Last season he drove full-time in the American Le Mans Series with the Panoz factory team and also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Both PK Racing team owners Craig Pollock and Kevin Kalkhoven, and Vice President Russell Cameron, extended their gratitude to Lemarie for his willingness to help the team this season at such short notice in the preseason as the team was founded. Lemarie ran the first six events of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season and scored eight championship points in those six races. Considering his prior Formula 1 testing experience, his assistance was invaluable to the team, which wishes him the best of luck in his future motorsports endeavors.

Founded in January 2003, Indianapolis-based PK Racing fields a one-car effort in the Champ Car World Series. The team is co-owned by successful motorsports businessman Craig Pollock and high-tech industrialist Kevin Kalkhoven and is managed by Champ Car veteran Russell Cameron. The team has continued to improve its organization as the season has progressed, recently bringing Champ Car veteran and former race winner Mauricio Gugelmin to serve as a driver coach.

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