CHAMPCAR/CART: Vasser to cement his place in Fontana history

Jimmy Vasser Cements His Place in California Speedway History as PKV Racing Travels to Fontana for Final Pre-season Test INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2004) -- While the racing world patiently awaits the 30th installment of the Toyota Grand Prix of...

Jimmy Vasser Cements His Place in California Speedway History as PKV Racing Travels to Fontana for Final Pre-season Test

INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2004) -- While the racing world patiently awaits the 30th installment of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this Sunday, 1996 Champ Car World Series titlist and Long Beach winner Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) will lead PKV Racing's tandem of 750hp turbocharged race cars to California Speedway's infield road course for a two day test April 13-14, ensuring he and Mexican rookie teammate Roberto Gonzalez (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) are dialed-in for the season opener.

In conjunction with the test, Vasser will cement his place in California Speedway history for the second time in his illustrious career Tuesday when he makes his mark in concrete as part of an induction into the Walk of Fame for winning the fastest race in Champ Car history (197.995 mph) at the 2.029-mile superspeedway in 2002.

The California native was previously honored for his 1998 Fontana triumph, a victory the 10-time racewinner considers to be his most memorable racing achievement.

"This is a great honor for me because California Speedway takes me back to some of the greatest moments in my racing career," said Vasser. "I have a lot of great memories over the years here -- there have been highs and lows for me in California, but I am truly honored to be recognized by the speedway for the second time."

Each year, California Speedway honors its previous year's racewinner with an induction into the Walk of Fame. Vasser's 2003 ceremony was postponed due to the cancellation of the event as a result of the California wildfires. For his efforts, the track will have a plaque permanently placed in the ground for him at Gate 14 behind the speedway's main grandstand, where he will put his footprints and autograph in cement. In addition, Vasser will receive a special one-of-a kind gift from the speedway.

The two-day test will be the final tune-up for PKV Racing before Vasser and Gonzalez take on the rest of the Champ Car competition in the 81-lap (159.4-mile) downtown Long Beach street fight this Sunday, April 18th at 4:00 ET (Live, Spike TV and HDNet).

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.

For more information please visit www.pkvracing.com, www.nextel.com.mx and www.gulfstream.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Gonzalez