CHAMPCAR/CART: Driver lineup changes for Laguna race

CHAMPCAR/CART: Driver lineup changes for Laguna race

Two driver announcements today, just one day before the Champ Car teams hit the course at Laguna Seca, have doubled the number of US drivers competing in the series. Bryan Herta. Photo by Tony Johns. Champ Car veteran Bryan Herta has...

Two driver announcements today, just one day before the Champ Car teams hit the course at Laguna Seca, have doubled the number of US drivers competing in the series.

Bryan Herta.
Photo by Tony Johns.
Champ Car veteran Bryan Herta has joined PK Racing in time for the race where he has scored his greatest successes. PK Racing, a new team this season founded by Craig Pollock and Kevin Kalkhoven, has put Herta in for rookie driver Patrick Lemarie.

Lemarie, a test driver in F1 prior to this season, was 16th in Champ Car points after the first six races with a top finish of 10th at the series' first two rounds in St. Petersburg and Monterrey. His highest starting position, also 10th, came at the Eurospeedway.

With two wins and four podium finishes in the Champ Cars at Laguna Seca, plus previous success in the CART Ladder Series at the California track, Herta makes a welcome return to the Champ Cars this weekend. Prior to subbing for injured IRL driver Dario Franchitti last weekend at Texas (finishing 5th), Herta has been competing in the ALMS series since his last Champ Car start in 2001.

Over at Dale Coyne Racing, Geoff Boss has been named to drive one of the team's Lolas at Laguna Seca. Boss, who has raced and won in the Indy Lights Series and Barber Dodge Series, will make his Champ Car debut this weekend.

Dale Coyne Racing team members.
Photo by Michael Kim.
Boss becomes the fourth driver to take a turn in Coyne's number 11 car this year, following Roberto Gonzales, who ran the car in the Champ Car season opener in St. Pete, Gualter Salles, who was in the seat two weeks ago in Milwaukee, and Alex Yoong, who drove the car for the four races in between. He plans to run the remainder of the season with DCR.

The Champ Car World Series hits the track for practice for the Grand Prix of Monterey on Friday at 9:30 am local time, with qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoons. The race will be waved green on Sunday at 12:30 pm PDT. Television coverage for Saturday qualifying will be on SPEED Channel, with live race coverage on CBS.

Full news coverage from Laguna Seca, as always, can be found here at Motorsport.com, including race reports from our correspondent, Scott Levin.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gualter Salles , Patrick Lemarié , Dario Franchitti , Bryan Herta , Alex Yoong , Geoff Boss , Kevin Kalkhoven , Dale Coyne , Michael Kim
Teams Dale Coyne Racing