CHAMPCAR/CART: PKV Racing Sebring test 2007-01-24

ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS HAMPER PKV RACING'S SECOND DAY OF TESTING AT SEBRING INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - JANUARY 24, 2007 - - A series of electrical problems to both PKV Racing entries hampered the team's efforts during the second day of testing at Sebring...

ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS HAMPER PKV RACING'S SECOND DAY OF TESTING AT SEBRING

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - JANUARY 24, 2007 - - A series of electrical problems to both PKV Racing entries hampered the team's efforts during the second day of testing at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida.

Jimmy Vasser, piloting the #12 Gulfstream/Bell Micro PKV Racing Cosworth/Panoz/Bridgestone machine, finished the day seventh on the combined practice report with a quick time of 51.520 seconds (116.623 mph) on the 1.66-mile Sebring short course. Champ Car Rookie Neel Jani placed eighth in the #21 Red Bull PKV Racing Cosworth/Panoz/Bridgestone car running a fast lap of 51.533 seconds (116.593 mph). Both drivers recorded their fast times during the morning practice as electrical problems limited Vasser to only nine laps and Jani to just six in the afternoon session. All six drivers ahead of the duo set their fast time during this afternoon's practice, the fourth in two days of the Champ Car Sebring Open Testing.

"The PKV Racing team is very pleased with the progress we have made in the first two days of testing," said General Manager Mark Johnson. "Both drivers are extremely happy with the car they have right now," he noted. "Unfortunately, we experienced some electrical problems that prevented us from completing the program we had set out for the afternoon session. This is one of those situations where, with a new chassis, we would rather be dealing with it now than on a race weekend. The PKV Racing team has identified the problem and we look forward to a successful day of testing tomorrow," Johnson concluded.

Vasser, a co-owner of PKV Racing, is testing in Sebring in an effort to help the team acquired additional data about the new Panoz chassis as well as help Jani through the Champ Car learning curve. He is piloting a Champ Car for the first time since competing at last year's Long Beach Grand Prix on April 9, 2006.

Jani, who signed with PKV Racing two days ago to drive the Red Bull PKV Racing entry during the 2007 Champ Car World Series season, is testing at Sebring for the first time. The 23-yer-old native of Jens, Switzerland, who has been a member of the Red Bull driver development program since 2005, spent the 2006 season as a test driver for the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 team and competed in four GP2 races plus four A1 GP events taking the win and finishing fourth in Malaysia.

PKV Racing will test again tomorrow at Sebring. The first session will be from 8:00 a.m. and run until 12:00 p.m. The second will commence at 1:00 p.m. and concluded at 4:00 p.m.

-credit: pkv racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Neel Jani
Teams Toro Rosso