CHAMPCAR/CART: Jaroslav Janis gets ride with Coyne

Dale Coyne Racing Installs 21-Year-Old Czech Jaroslav Janis as a Teammate to Oriol Servia for Remainder of Champ Car Season INDIANAPOLIS (October 21, 2004) -- Dale Coyne Racing is in the midst of its best season since team owner Dale Coyne...

Dale Coyne Racing Installs 21-Year-Old Czech Jaroslav Janis as a Teammate to Oriol Servia for Remainder of Champ Car Season

INDIANAPOLIS (October 21, 2004) -- Dale Coyne Racing is in the midst of its best season since team owner Dale Coyne himself filled the cockpit of a Champ Car back in the 1980s. Spaniard Oriol Servia (#11 YokeTV.com Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) is poised to give the team its first-ever top-10 finish in the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford standings as he sits in the ninth spot in the championship with two events left on the calendar.

But Servia will have a new teammate as he chases his top-10 perch over the year's last two races as Coyne announced Thursday that 21-year-old Jaroslav Janis will take over the reins of the #19 American Medical Response Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone machine. Janis replaces Gaston Mazzacane for the remainder of the season in the #19 car, although Mazzacane will return to the Coyne team for a full year's ride in 2005.

Janis comes to Champ Car after making 10 starts in the FIA International F3000 championships, where he scored fourth-place finishes at Barcelona and the tricky street course of Monaco. The native of the Czech Republic finished seventh in the 2003 F3000 championship before making the jump to the German Touring Car (DTM) series in 2004. Janis tested the Coyne Champ Car at Putnam Park last week before joining the team for this week's Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise, Australia.

"They car was a little heavier than what I am used to but it feels really good and I think I will be fine with it," Janis said. "I am looking forward to this weekend and I hope to do well enough to earn a spot here for next season."

The team will get its first look at the young Janis in a Champ Car setting this morning as practice and first-round qualifying gets underway at the 2.795-mile street course on Australia's Gold Coast. The attendance from the first day of the event has already increased over last year as 53,578 fans came through the gates on Thursday afternoon.

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