CHAMPCAR/CART: PKV Racing Portland test notes 2004-04-23

PKV RACING NEWS - PKV Racing Completes Successful Two-Day Pacific Northwest Test INDIANAPOLIS (April 23, 2004) -- On the heels of the season-opening Champ Car World Series race in Long Beach, Calif. last weekend, PKV Racing wasted no time ...

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PKV Racing Completes Successful Two-Day Pacific Northwest Test

INDIANAPOLIS (April 23, 2004) -- On the heels of the season-opening Champ Car World Series race in Long Beach, Calif. last weekend, PKV Racing wasted no time preparing for Round 2 when it completed a two-day test Thursday alongside a number of other teams on the challenging 1.969-mile permanent road course layout at Portland International Raceway.

Both PKV Racing pilots were on hand for the two-day affair as 1995 Portland front-row starter and podium finisher Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Mexican rookie Roberto Gonzalez (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) turned laps in preparation for next month's Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix in Mexico.

Vasser ran a limited number of laps Wednesday and shook down his 750hp Lola as rain played a role in his on-track portion of the day. However, the skies did clear for the 10-time racewinner Thursday afternoon, as Vasser was able to complete a 150-mile day, trying a number of different car configurations.

"I'm pleased with the way things went this week," said Vasser. "We're narrowing the gap between teams like Newman/Haas [Racing] and Forsythe [Championship Racing], so that's definitely a positive. We found some speed today and overall I'm happy with our results."

Champ Car Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Gonzalez logged 150 miles on Wednesday before inclement weather interrupted the test, and put the wraps on a successful second day after running another 150 miles and spending valuable time with his PKV crew.

"The first day we ran most of the afternoon, one run after another," said Gonzalez. "Portland is a nice track where you can get a feel for the course and develop a good rhythm. We're still working on the balance of the car, but we are getting quicker. I ran my fastest lap times late in the day yesterday when the track was slowing down, so that's encouraging. Overall, the team and I worked very hard on the setup, and we are pleased with what we gained from the test."

The test was conducted under the watchful eye of PKV Racing Team Manager Tim Broyles, who felt the recently expanded two-car effort came away with positive results.

"We had a long list of items we wanted to try out in Portland, and we'll take these results with us to Monterrey next month" said Broyles. "Any time we have available to put Jimmy and Roberto in contact with their respective crews and engineers is extremely valuable. Jimmy had a very good test overall, and Roberto got a lot of positive experience on a track he hasn't been exposed to yet."

Vasser and Gonzalez will take lessons learned from the past week and apply that knowledge to the 2.104-mile permanent road course at Fundidora Park May 23rd in Round 2 of the 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford.

About PKV Racing

Founded in January 2003, Indianapolis-based PKV Racing fields a two-car effort in the Champ Car World Series for American open wheel star Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Mexican rookie Roberto Gonzalez (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone). The second-year team is owned by successful venture capitalists Kevin Kalkhoven and Dan Pettit, along with 1996 Series Champion Vasser, and is managed by veteran Champ Car team manager Russell Cameron.

For more information please visit www.pkvracing.com, www.nextel.com.mx and www.gulfstream.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Gonzalez