INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2004) â€“ Former Milwaukee Mile Champion Jimmy Vasser ( ...
INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2004) – Former Milwaukee Mile Champion Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and PKV Racing teammate Roberto Gonzalez (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) watched the skies open up over West Allis, Wis. yesterday afternoon, logging a limited number of laps before the two-car operation packed up early and returned to their Indianapolis-based shop.
As the 1998 Milwaukee racewinner, Vasser knows his way around the The Mile’s 1.032-mile flat oval configuration, having posted three consecutive top-four finishes from 1997-‘99 and seven top-10s in 11 career appearances.
“The first day I spent a lot of time in Roberto’s car, shaking it down and making sure it was where we wanted it to be,” said Vasser. “The 21 machine was quick for sure, we ran some competitive times with it. On the other hand, we still have to find something in order to get the 12 car up to speed. We came here with the same setup on both cars, but we’re not where we need to be yet. We’ll go back to the shop where we can further analyze the situation.”
The 1996 Champ Car World Series titlewinner shared his knowledge of the venerable Mile with his Mexican rookie counterpart Gonzalez, who turned laps on an oval for the first time in a 750hp thoroughbred Champ Car.
“Well, it was my first oval experience and I was thrilled to be running times close to Jimmy at the beginning,” said Gonzalez. “The first day we had Jimmy in my car to develop the setup and get an overall feel for it. I only ran a few hours, mostly due to the fact I was fighting a bad sinus cold. Although the weather stopped testing a little short, yesterday was a much better day and our times when pretty good, considering the wind and eventually the rain. But I’m very pleased with my first oval experience. The high speeds, along with the thrill of driving in such close quarters on a new type of track will make for an exciting race next month.”
Next up for PKV Racing is Fundidora Park’s 2.104-mile permanent road course May 23rd for Round 2 of the championship, the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix in Monterrey, Mexico.