CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: PKV Racing preview

A Pair Of Aces? Las Vegas Resident Jimmy Vasser and Roberto Gonzalez All in For Vegas Oval Showdown Under The Lights INDIANAPOLIS (September 21, 2004) -- Rock 'n Roll icons The Rolling Stones hit the jackpot with their Las Vegas-inspired ...

A Pair Of Aces? Las Vegas Resident Jimmy Vasser and Roberto Gonzalez All in For Vegas Oval Showdown Under The Lights

INDIANAPOLIS (September 21, 2004) -- Rock 'n Roll icons The Rolling Stones hit the jackpot with their Las Vegas-inspired tune, "Tumbling Dice," as the timeless band watched the gambling-laced song soar up the charts in late 1972. This weekend, Las Vegas resident Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and PKV Racing teammate Roberto Gonzalez (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) will look to take a page from the Glimmer Twins' songbook, as the two prepare to roll the dice, get their 750hp Lolas up the speed charts and hit it big in Champ Car's first visit to Sin City's 1.50-mile oval for the 166-lap Bridgestone 400 Presented By Corona.

Vasser, who left his native California for the desert landscapes of Nevada nearly eight years ago, is one of four drivers who call Vegas home, and the 1996 Champ Car titlewinner would like nothing more than to pull into Victory Lane in front of his Canadian neighbors Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani and Paul Tracy.

"I can't tell you how much I'm going to enjoy running in Vegas-- being able to come home and sleep in my own bed every night," said Vasser, who stands 11th in points with 150 championship markers, and finished fourth at the series' other oval event in Milwaukee. "It's an important weekend for me personally, because a lot of friends and family are in town for the race. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a first class facility and hopefully we can get a good result and pick the momentum back up for PKV Racing. The combination of Champ Car and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in one night is great for the city of Las Vegas, and should provide fans from both series an action-filled weekend."

Vasser's PKV Racing stablemate Gonzalez will make only the second oval start of his young Champ Car career, as the Mexican rookie hopes to build off a solid debut at the venerable Milwaukee Mile where he ran as high as eighth before contact late in the race ended his drive.

"I'm really looking forward to the race in Las Vegas, especially because of the banking on the track," said Gonzalez, whose 999 of 1,049 laps completed this season is tops for a rookie pilot and third overall. "I'm not very used to the ovals, so the banking will help me out I think. Milwaukee was more of a flat oval, but we were still able to run well for the most part. We tested at Las Vegas earlier this year, so at least I have some experience under my belt. This weekend will be important to us as well because our sponsor Nextel Mexico will be there, in addition to a number of guests and family members. I've heard that ticket sales are going very well, and the night race format suits my style because I'm not much of a morning person. Overall, this should be a great event for Champ Car."

Catch the PKV Racing duo of Vasser and Gonzalez this Saturday night, September 25th, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, or tune in to Spike TV Sunday, September 26th (4:00 pm ET/PT) for the Bridgestone 400 Presented By Corona, Round 12 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford.

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 or www.gulfstream.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Roberto Gonzalez