CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: PKV Racing preview

PKV RACING LOOKING FOR STRONG SHOWING AT TECATE/TELMEX MONTERREY GRAND PRIX Da Matta Seeks Third Straight Win In Monterrey Jorge Goeters To Pilot Third PKV Entry In Monterrey INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MAY 18, 2005 - - With new data from two ...

PKV RACING LOOKING FOR STRONG SHOWING AT TECATE/TELMEX MONTERREY GRAND PRIX

Da Matta Seeks Third Straight Win In Monterrey
Jorge Goeters To Pilot Third PKV Entry In Monterrey

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MAY 18, 2005 - - With new data from two test sessions PKV Racing heads to Monterrey, Mexico for the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix presented by Roshfrans, May 20-22 at Fundidora Park looking for a strong showing.

The team, which recently signed Tom Brown to be Technical Director, tested for two days each at Milwaukee and Sebring during the five week break following the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season opening Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Both tests produced solid results and put the team on a firm footing heading into the next two races beginning this weekend in Monterrey and on June 4 on the Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, WI.

Cristiano da Matta, who pilots the #21 PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone entry, is particularly anxious to get back to racing especially on the 2.1-mile, 12-turn Fundidora Park road course. The personable Brazilian, who is coming off a tenth place performance at Long Beach, is undefeated in Monterrey. Da Matta, who returned to the Champ Car World Series following two seasons in Formula 1, while not the defending champion, will be seeking his third consecutive victory at Fundidora Park. He scored wins in Monterrey in the inaugural event in 2001 and then repeated the feat in 2002.

"PKV Racing has done quite a bit of testing since Long Beach and we have made some changes to the team," da Matta said. "Going into the Monterrey Grand Prix, I am actually quite excited because I feel we are a lot stronger as a team. We have done a lot of work together over the last five weeks and I feel we are just better," he noted.

Commenting on the Monterrey race da Matta said, "Obviously I am looking forward to Monterrey because I have won both my races there. It will be fun to see if I can make it three in a row. There is nothing in particular I like about the Monterrey circuit. I just like all natural road courses, but I do like the whole vibe of the race in Monterrey. It is a very fun event and I like racing in Mexico. It is a great country for Champ Car to have racing."

Vasser, who guided the #12 Gulfstream/PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone car to a ninth place showing at Long Beach, will be making his 220th career Champ car start, 199th consecutive and fifth in Monterrey. The native of California has qualified in the top-10 in three of his four previous races in Monterrey with a best starting position of seventh in 2004. He has finished in the top-10 once placing sixth in the inaugural event.

"It has been a long break since the last race and PKV Racing has made some significant changes in the structure of our team particularly in the engineering department," Vasser noted. "We have done a lot of testing during the break, so I am looking forward to getting back to racing in Monterrey and seeing how things pan out," he said.

Regarding the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix Vasser said, "The Monterrey Grand Prix is always a great event. It has a fantastic atmosphere, lots of excitement and the fans are very knowledgeable. The track in Monterrey is challenging and fun to drive, plus the city is one of the most beautiful in all of Mexico. I am looking forward to competing there again."

PKV Racing will campaign a third car at the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix with Mexican Jorge Goeters behind the wheel of the #52 PKV Racing/Team Mexico Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone machine. PKV Racing/Team Mexico will be managed by veteran Team Manager and former PKV Racing General Manager Russell Cameron.

Goeters, who competing against PKV Racing teammate Cristiano da Matta in the Indy Lights in 1998, received international attention when he captured the pole and led 24 laps before succumbing to engine problems at the NASCAR Busch Race earlier this year in Mexico City. Currently, Goeters is competing in the Desafio Corona Stock Car Challenge where he leads the championship standings having finished in the top-three in all four events with two wins, most recently this weekend at Queretaro, Mexico (other victory came in second event of the season at Guadalajara). He finished second in the season opener in Mexico City and third in the third race at Zacatecas.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to drive the PKV Racing/Team Mexico car in the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix," Goeters said. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me and one I have dreamed about for a long time. It will take me a little time to get used to the car, but I am confident that with the help of Russell Cameron and all the guys at PKV Racing I can get up to speed quickly," he noted. "I am really looking forward to competing against some of the same drivers I raced against in Indy Lights and giving the race fans here in Mexico another driver to cheer for," Goeters concluded.

PKV Racing will be making its fourth, fifth and sixth starts while competing in its third Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix. The team's best finished is a ninth place showing by Mexican native Roberto Gonzalez last year and its best starting position is seventh by Vasser also in 2004.

The Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix, May 20-22, at Fundidora Park will be broadcast tape delayed on Speed at 11:00 p.m. (ET).

Founded in January 2003, Indianapolis-based PKV Racing enters its third season of competition during the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season. PKV Racing is owned by successful venture capitalists Kevin Kalkhoven, who also co-owns the Champ Car World Series, and Dan Pettit, along with 1996 Series Champion Jimmy Vasser. The team is managed by the most successful Manager/Chief Mechanic in USAC/CART/Champ Car history, Jim McGee, who has amassed 89 victories and nine national championships.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Gonzalez , Jorge Goeters , Kevin Kalkhoven , Cristiano da Matta , Tom Brown