SERVIA TO PILOT SECOND PKV RACING ENTRY DURING 2006 CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES SEASON INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MARCH 9, 2006 - - PKV Racing announced today that it has signed Oriol Servia to pilot a second entry for the team during the 2006...
SERVIA TO PILOT SECOND PKV RACING ENTRY DURING 2006 CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES SEASON
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MARCH 9, 2006 - - PKV Racing announced today that it has signed Oriol Servia to pilot a second entry for the team during the 2006 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season.
Servia, who is entering his seventh Champ Car season, has made 98 career Series starts. The 31-year-old native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain has earned 51 top-ten finishes including 25 top-five showings, 12 podium performances and one victory (Montreal 2005). Servia had the best season of his Champ Car career in 2005, placing second in the standings. After starting the year with Dale Coyne Racing, he replaced Bruno Junqueira in the Newman/Haas Racing machine after Junqueira was injured in the Indianapolis 500. Servia made 11 starts for Newman/Haas, earning seven podiums including the win in Montreal, his first career Champ Car victory. The resident of Miami, Florida started on the front-row a career high four times including his first career pole (Australia).
"We tested several young drivers and looked a several veteran drivers," said PKV Racing co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. "After analyzing all the data, we felt the best move for the immediate and future success of the team and our sponsors Gulfstream and Bell Micro, was to sign a veteran driver. Oriol had a tremendous season last year and has proven he can compete for the championship. We believe that Oriol's skill and knowledge will not only be an asset to the team, but will significantly help in the development of Katherine Legge."
Commenting on his signing with PKV Racing Servia said, "I feel very lucky and very happy to have been selected by Kevin (Kalkhoven), Dan (Pettit) and Jimmy (Vasser) to drive the Gulfsteam/Bell Micro PKV Racing car in 2006. This is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to continuing the success that I had last year. PKV Racing is an outstanding team with veteran leadership from Jim McGee, who I have a lot of respect for, and Jimmy Vasser, who I was hoping would be my teammate, but is now going to be my boss. I think Katherine and I will work very well together and we will be competitive on the track."
Pettit, the "P" in PKV Racing, echoed Kalkhoven's remarks saying, "After reviewing all the data from the tests and the information we gathered on veteran drivers, it became very clear to all of us that the best decision for now and for the future success of the team was to sign Oriol. He is an outstanding race car driver and brings a lot of technical knowledge to the team."
Vasser weighed in saying, "I think it is only appropriate that since we have a rookie in Katherine (Legge) driving one of the PKV Racing cars that we have a veteran in the second seat. And the best veteran out there is Oriol Servia. I believe in Oriol's ability to get the job done 100%."