PKV Racing Signs Jim McGee as General Manager INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - JANUARY 13, 2005 - - PKV Racing owners, Dan Pettit, Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser made it official today by announcing that Jim McGee has assumed the position of General ...
PKV Racing Signs Jim McGee as General Manager
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - JANUARY 13, 2005 - - PKV Racing owners, Dan Pettit, Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser made it official today by announcing that Jim McGee has assumed the position of General Manger of the team.
McGee, who celebrates his 47th year of competition in 2005, is the most successful Manager/Chief Mechanic in the history of Champ Car racing having amassed a total of 89 wins and nine national championships.
Renowned for his racing experience and knowledge, McGee has been a consultant for PKV Racing for the past two months. During the 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season, McGee served as Vice President for Special Projects at Newman/Hass Racing where he guided Bruno Junqueira to a fifth place showing in the 2004 Indianapolis 500.
"We are very excited to have Jim McGee join PKV Racing on a permanent basis," said Pettit. "Jim brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge to our team. Having him at the helm of PKV Racing provides us with a key ingredient in our effort to take the team to the next level and achieve our goal of winning a championship," Pettit explained. "On another note, I want to thank Russell Cameron for the outstanding job he did in putting together a first class organization and guiding us through our first two seasons," Pettit concluded.
McGee, a native of New England, who resides in Indianapolis, began racing in 1959. He was spotted by renowned Chief Mechanic Clint Brawner, who hired him for the 1960 season. Since then, McGee has gone on to become the only Manager/Chief Mechanic to win a championship in four decades (60's - 90's) and have at least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's-00).
"I am very pleased and excited to be joining PKV Racing for the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season," said McGee. "This is a first class organization with outstanding ownership and a championship caliber driver in Jimmy Vasser. I look forward to continuing the work that Russell Cameron began by helping PKV Racing become a team that competes for championships for many years in the Champ Car World Series."
Over the years McGee has worked with such top drivers as Bobby Allison, Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Gordon Johncock, Nigel Mansell, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, Johnny Rutherford, Eddie Sachs, Tom Sneva, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser, Bobby Unser and Jimmy Vasser. His employers have included such notable team owners as Al Dean, Vel Miletich and Parnelli Jones, Andy Granatelli, Paul Newman and Carl Haas, Roger Penske, Bobby Rahal and Carl Hogan and U. E. "Pat" Patrick.
"Having competed with and against Jim McGee led teams I know from experience the winning atmosphere that Jim brings to an organization," said Vasser. "His knowledge of the sport, his race craft, is second to none and I am just happy he is now part of our team. PKV Racing is just two years old and we have already shown signs of being very competitive. With the addition of Jim McGee I am confident, as both a driver and owner, that we have the final piece of the puzzle that will allow us to compete for championships for many years to come."
A results-oriented and meticulous mechanic and manager, McGee enjoyed much of his success while working with Andretti. Of Andretti's 52 career Champ Car victories, 34 came with McGee, including three national championships ('65, '66 and '69) and one Indy 500 in 1969 with Andy Granatelli's STP team. McGee was also part of the Vel's Parnelli Jones "Super Team," featuring Andretti, Al Unser and Joe Leonard in the early '70's. He joined Penske Racing in 1975 as a Chief Mechanic and Team Manager. In six years with Penske, he won three national titles (Tom Sneva, '77 and '78; Rick Mears, '79) and one Indy 500 (Mears, '79). McGee joined Patrick Racing as Team Manager in 1981 and won two more Indy 500s, (Johncock, '82; Fittipaldi, '89) and a national title (Fittipaldi, '89). When Patrick sold the team to Bobby Rahal and Carl Hogan after the 1991 season, McGee stayed on and helped the new team capture the 1992 PPG Cup. Newman/Haas Racing signed McGee for the '93 and '94 seasons where he won his ninth title in '93 with Nigel Mansell. In 1995, McGee joined the newly formed Patrick Racing as General Manager and lead the team to several successful seasons, including second and third place finishes by Adrian Fernandez and Roberto Moreno respectively in 2000. He left Patrick Racing after the 2003 season.