INDIANAPOLIS (October 29, 2004) -- Accomplished Champ Car pilot Jimmy Vasser ( ...
INDIANAPOLIS (October 29, 2004) -- Accomplished Champ Car pilot Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has many prestigious awards adorning his trophy mantle in Las Vegas as a result of 217 series starts, but the 1996 Champion might have to make room for one "Moore" very special recognition after his recent nomination for the 2004 Greg Moore Legacy Award, to be presented during the Champ Car Awards banquet November 7th in Mexico City.
The PKV Racing owner/driver furthered his stardom in the Champ Car World Series earlier this season in Montreal after setting the series' iron man mark with his record 193rd consecutive start, and joins fellow nominees A.J. Allmendinger of RuSPORT, Herdez Competition's Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Jon Fogarty of Toyota Atlantic Championship fame, in the running for this most coveted award voted on by a panel of motorsports officials, team executives and journalists.
"To be nominated for this award in itself is quite humbling," said Vasser, who stands 10th in this year's title hunt with 180 championship markers. "Greg was a great competitor, a friend, a true ambassador for Champ Car racing, and we still miss him very much. Some of my fondest racing memories are of Greg, especially our dual at the front of the pack at California Speedway in 1998. Whoever is fortunate enough to be chosen for this award will surely treasure it, as it is a tremendous honor."
The Greg Moore Legacy Award is given annually to the driver that best represents the ideals and talents of the Canadian star, who met with tragedy in the 1999 Champ Car season finale. The award is presented to the driver who best typifies Moore's legacy of outstanding talent on track, as well as displaying a dynamic personality with fans, media, and the Champ Car community.
Vasser's much-touted racing resume includes a $3,071,500 (US) championship run in 1996, Series Runner-Up honors in 1998 and winning the fastest race in Champ Car history in 2002 at California Speedway (197.995 mph). In addition to capturing 10 wins, eight pole positions and 31 podiums, he is one of just seven drivers to earn more than $11 million in a Champ Car career. Now in his 13th season, Vasser ranks in the top-20 in almost every statistical category, while having helped mold the careers of former teammates and Champ Car titlists Alex Zanardi (1997-'98) and Juan Pablo Montoya (1999) along the way.
Next up for Vasser is the Champ Car season finale on the unique 2.786-mile permanent road course at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, where 400,000-plus fans are expected to turn out to watch the California native, and his Mexican rookie counterpart Roberto Gonzalez (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) on home soil. Catch the PKV duo November 7th (Spike TV, 4:00 pm ET/PT) for Round 14 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford, the Gran Premio Telmex/Tecate Presented by Banamex.