CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: PKV Racing Friday report

PKV Racing's Vasser and Gonzalez 10th and 17th Respectively in Long Beach Round One Qualifying LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 16, 2004) -- PKV Racing's duo of 750hp Champ Cars turned their first official laps in Round One qualifying today in ...

PKV Racing's Vasser and Gonzalez 10th and 17th Respectively in Long Beach Round One Qualifying

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 16, 2004) -- PKV Racing's duo of 750hp Champ Cars turned their first official laps in Round One qualifying today in preparation for this Sunday's 30th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

California native and 1996 Long Beach racewinner Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola Bridgestone) posted a top time of 1:10.056 (101.131 mph) on the 10th of his allotted 15 laps for the session, placing him 10th on the speed charts before his machine ran short on fuel at session's end.

"It's a disappointment," said Vasser. "I'm definitely disappointed with the day. We struggled with the car today. I expect to be faster out there, and we as a team expect to be faster."

Vasser's PKV Racing counterpart Roberto Gonzalez (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola Bridgestone) of Mexico posted a fast time of 1:11.295 (99.373 mph) on his 11th lap of the session, but had his hands full in the opening session of the Champ Car season, coming home 17th.

"We've been having problems with the setup in the front end," said Gonzalez. "We can't seem to get the car to do what I want it to do. We made the necessary changes -- some made the car better, some made the car worse. On my two fastest laps at the end of the session I got caught and held up in traffic, so what we showed wasn't a good indication of how fast we are."

Final Champ Car qualifying from Long Beach begins tomorrow afternoon at 1:45 pm PT on the 1.968-mile downtown street course in beautiful Southern California.

About PKV Racing

Founded in January 2003, Indianapolis-based PKV Racing fields a two-car effort in the Champ Car World Series for American open wheel star Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Mexican rookie Roberto Gonzalez (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone). The second-year team is owned by successful venture capitalists Kevin Kalkhoven and Dan Pettit, along with 1996 Series Champion Vasser, and is managed by veteran Champ Car team manager Russell Cameron.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Gonzalez