CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: PKV Racing Thursday report

Vasser Ninth, Gonzalez 17th in Milwaukee Night Practice MILWAUKEE (June 03, 2004) -- The PKV Racing duo of 1998 Milwaukee racewinner Jimmy Vasser ( ...

Vasser Ninth, Gonzalez 17th in Milwaukee Night Practice

MILWAUKEE (June 03, 2004) -- The PKV Racing duo of 1998 Milwaukee racewinner Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and 2004 Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Roberto Gonzalez (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) took their first tours of the Milwaukee Mile tonight, enduring cool temperatures and high traffic in preparation for Saturday night's 250-lap Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250 Presented By U.S. Bank.

Running as high as fifth position in the latter portion of the session, Vasser was competitive as always at the Mile from the start of practice, but traffic on the tight bullring regulated the California native to a final time of 21.303 seconds (174.398)-- good enough for ninth on the timing sheets.

"Our run was ok. We were trying to save tires more than anything because of everyone doing their five-lap runs for tomorrow," said Vasser. "So we ran into a lot of traffic, especially when we were trying to put together our mock qualifying runs."

Gonzalez placed 17th with a top time of 22.227 seconds (167.148 mph), as the Mexican who stands second in the Champ Car ROTY race continues to gain experience on the venerable 1.032-mile configuration under the lights.

"We're still getting adjusted to the oval and learning more and more with every lap we log," said Gonzalez. "We're trying different things to get me more comfortable in the car as well. I'm gaining confidence as we move forward, as the oval configuration is all new to me. It's the first time for me racing at night as well, so things are new. We'll pick it up tomorrow for qualifying."

Vasser and Gonzalez qualify on Milwaukee's famous oval Friday night (8:30 -- 10:00 pm EST), followed by the track's second-ever Champ Car night race Saturday evening Live on HDNet (9:00 ET) or Sunday, June 6th on Spike TV (4:00 pm ET/PT, tape-delayed).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Gonzalez