CHAMPCAR/CART: PKV Racing Long Beach sponsor announced

Bell Micro Sponsors PKV Racing At Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (San Jose, Ca. -- April 5, 2005--) Bell Micro, one of the world's largest value distributors of storage and computer products, and a Fortune 1000 company, announced today it...

Bell Micro Sponsors PKV Racing At Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

(San Jose, Ca. -- April 5, 2005--) Bell Micro, one of the world's largest value distributors of storage and computer products, and a Fortune 1000 company, announced today it will sponsor PKV Racing's Cristiano da Matta during the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season.

The #21 Bell Micro/ PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/ Lola/Bridgestone will make its debut this weekend at the 2005 season opening Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 8-10, in Long Beach, CA.

Bell Microproducts is an industry-recognized specialist in computer storage components and systems products, and is one of the largest storage-centric Information Technology companies in the world. Bell Microproducts has over 60 locations throughout North America, South America, and Europe and had global sales of $2.8 billion in 2004. The company markets and distributes more than 125 brand name product lines, as well as its own Rorke Data storage brands, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) customers, value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators. The company is one of the industries fastest growing companies with sales growing by 10 times in the last 9 years.

"We are thrilled to be associated with a world class team such as PVK racing and Cristano da Matta, one of the best drivers in the world," states Don Bell, President and CEO of Bell Microproducts. "We are optimistic that this will be a great season. Bell Micro is one of the highest performance companies in the world, and it is a pleasure to be teamed with one of the best racing teams in the world"

Founded in January 2003, Indianapolis-based PKV Racing fields a two-car effort in the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. 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 is the #21 Bell Micro/PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone machine piloted by 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.

"We are very pleased to have Don Bell and Bell Mircoproducts join PKV Racing," said Pettit. "We have been taking with Don for a while and I am happy were able to put this relationship together. Bell Microproducts is a tremendous company and I think that PKV Racing and the Champ Car World Series will provide it with a great marketing opportunity."

The 31st Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is the opening round of the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season. The Grand Prix takes place on an 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit that runs through the streets of downtown Long Beach surrounding the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and encompassing the Aquarium of the Pacific and a portion of the Pike at Rainbow Harbor complex. The start/finish line is on Shoreline Drive. The three-day event, which opens with practice and qualifying on Friday, April 8 and concludes on Sunday, April 10 with the race, draws over 175,000 spectators making it one of the largest paid spectator special events in Southern California.

Da Matta will contest the Grand Prix of Long Beach against an international field of world-class drivers that include such well known names as: four-time Long Beach race winner Paul Tracy; 1996 Long Beach winner Jimmy Vasser; plus 2004 Champ Car World Series Champion, Sebastien Bourdais; Bruno Junqueira; Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mario Dominguez.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Don Bell , Kevin Kalkhoven , Cristiano da Matta