Former Series Champion Emerson Fittipaldi Heads Group of Champ Car Luminaries That Will Appear At Goodwood Festival of Speed
INDIANAPOLIS (June 25, 2004) -- The past, present and future of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will find themselves totally immersed in the long and fabled history of auto racing this weekend at the historic Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Former Champ Car and Formula 1 series champion, and 2003 Champ Car team owner, Emerson Fittipaldi, Champ Car World Series co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven and former Formula 1 driver and current Champ Car World Series rookie points leader Justin Wilson will attend the prestigious gathering of legendary race cars and drivers as they journey to England for the Goodwood Festival on June 26.
The trio of Champ Car figures will be attending the Festival and speaking with the press concerning the recent transformation of the series into its present form with the new ownership of Kalkhoven, Gerald Forsythe and Paul Gentilozzi. Fittipaldi will relive tales of his days as a championship driver as well as some of his goals for the future surrounding the Champ Car series while Kalkhoven will discuss his visions for North America's most-challenging open-wheel racing series.
Wilson, who drives for Eric Bachelart's Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing team, has three top-six finishes in his first four Champ Car starts, and is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the drivers to watch for the future. The Brit will also be speaking to the media concerning his experience in Champ Car and his hopes for future glories.
Fittipaldi is a man that needs no introduction to Goodwood attendees. The Brazilian was the youngest F1 champion in history when he scored his first title in 1972 with Colin Chapman's Lotus team, then finished as the series runner-up in '73 before moving to McLaren where he won the 1975 championship. Retired from driving in 1982 only to resurface in North America where he joined the Champ Car World Series. Fittipaldi would go on to win 22 races and 17 poles in his Champ Car career, capping that with the 1989 series championship. Joined the series as a team owner last year, when he campaigned a car co-owned by Jamie Dingman.
Kevin Kalkhoven amassed a fortune in the venture capital world, primarily through his deft leadership of Uniphase Corporation, which later merged with JDS FITEL to become JDS Uniphase. The Australian-born executive has been named as one of the top 50 CEO's in the nation and joined the Champ Car World Series in 2003 as the co-owner of PK Racing (later PKV Racing). He then joined with Forsythe and Gentilozzi to purchase the assets of Champ Car, saving the series from bankruptcy and preserving it as the top level of open-wheel racing in the United States.
Justin Wilson joins the Champ Car World Series for 2004 after a year of Formula 1 competition with Jaguar and Minardi. Wilson set records that still stand in winning the competitive FIA International FIA Championship in 2001 including most points scored and most podium finishes. One of the top young stars in the world of racing, Wilson has had success in his first four races with Champ Car, scoring top-six finishes in three of his four starts.