CHAMPCAR/CART: PKV Racing former Atlantic driver as consultant

PKV RACING MAKES DALZIEL CONSULTANT INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - APRIL 4, 2005 - - PKV Racing has reached an agreement with Toyota Atlantic driver Ryan Dalziel to be a team consultant during the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The...

PKV RACING MAKES DALZIEL CONSULTANT

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - APRIL 4, 2005 - - PKV Racing has reached an agreement with Toyota Atlantic driver Ryan Dalziel to be a team consultant during the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series season.

The agreement calls for Dalziel to be a part of PKV Racing in all aspects of the racing program. He will work with the engineering staff, debrief with the drivers and participate in the team's marketing and public relations efforts. At this time there are no plans for Dalziel to test or race during the 2005 season.

PKV Racing and Champ Car World Series owner, Kevin Kalkhoven said, "This is just one more example of how the Champ Car World Series ladder system can work to the benefit of both the teams and young drivers. I am very pleased that Ryan will be working with PKV Racing this year and I look forward to watching him grow as a driver with our team."

In explaining the decision to bring Dalziel on as a consultant PKV Racing General Manager, Jim McGee said, "Ryan tested with PKV Racing during the off-season and we were very pleased with his performance. We feel that Ryan has tremendous potential and should be a part of our team on a daily basis. This agreement allows us to further our relationship with an outstanding young driver while allowing Ryan to benefit by learning from two of the best drivers and one of the top engineering staffs in the Champ Car World Series."

Dalziel, 23, completed his third Atlantic season in 2004 by finishing as series runner-up for the second consecutive year. The native of Scotland is tied for 17th on the all-time win list with six and his eight career poles put him in a tie for 10th among all-time series leaders. He has also produced 19 podiums in 36 career Atlantic starts.

"I feel very fortunate to have the chance to consult with, and be a part of, the PKV Racing team," Dalziel said. "When a young driver is given the opportunity to learn from a manager like Jim McGee, championship drivers like Cristiano da Matta and Jimmy Vasser, plus work with one of the top engineering staffs, you don't have to think twice about saying yes. This is a tremendous opportunity for me and I look forward to taking full advantage of it," he concluded.

Dalziel's duties with PKV Racing will commence with the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series season opening Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 8-10, on the streets of Long Beach, CA. The race will be televised live on NBC at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

Founded in January 2003, Indianapolis-based PKV Racing will field a two-car effort during the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season. The third-year team 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, who drives the #12

Gulfstream/PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone entry. The second car, the #21 PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone machine, is piloted by 2002 Series Champion Cristiano da Matta. PKV Racing 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 Ryan Dalziel , Jimmy Vasser , Kevin Kalkhoven , Cristiano da Matta