CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: PKV Racing Friday report

PKV Pilots Place 10th and 14th In Friday Qualifying For Molson Indy Vancouver VANCOUVER (July 23, 2004) -- Under clear Canadian skies, Jimmy Vasser ( ...

PKV Pilots Place 10th and 14th In Friday Qualifying For Molson Indy Vancouver

VANCOUVER (July 23, 2004) -- Under clear Canadian skies, Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Roberto Gonzalez (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) searched for speed on the 1.781-mile Concord Pacific Place street circuit, placing the PKV Racing duo 10th and 14th, respectively, after Round One qualifying today for this weekend's 85-lap Molson Indy Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.

Vasser, the 1996 Champ Car World Series driver's champion, ran a fast time of 1:02.076 (103.286 mph) on the sixth of 15 allotted laps in his 13th visit to beautiful Vancouver, but he hopes second round qualifying Saturday will result in a significant gain in speed.

"We're trying to get the balance right, but it's really tough to do out there right now," said Vasser, who is looking to add a third Vancouver podium to his racing resume after a second in 1997 and a third in 1999. "We'll try some things tonight and hopefully come into tomorrow's session with a better understanding of what we need to do to be faster."

Vasser's rookie teammate Gonzalez shared in his frustration of the tight, 12-turn street circuit, and hopes to build off what he learned today in what was his first ever appearance at Concord Pacific Place.

"I've been struggling to find the balance of the car all day really," said Gonzalez, who turned a best lap of 1:02.634 (102.366 mph) on his 10th lap. "It continues to get better for sure, but it's hard to get a true gauge of it because the track is changing constantly. The session was interesting for me because everyone seemed to be going out at once, which made qualifying very difficult. I don't like qualifying back in P14, but we have another shot at it tomorrow."

Watch Vasser and Gonzalez this Sunday, July 25th on Spike TV (4:00 pm ET/PT) in the Molson Indy Vancouver, the second leg of the Canadian tri-vecta in the 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford.

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