St. Pete: Team PBIR pre-event notes

PBIR NOTES ON CHARLIE KIMBALL & JAY HOWARD Kimball's first start at St. Pete: Although The Firestone Indy Lights rookie driver will make his first start at the Honda Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, April 4, 2009, he has plenty...

PBIR NOTES ON CHARLIE KIMBALL & JAY HOWARD

Kimball's first start at St. Pete:

Although The Firestone Indy Lights rookie driver will make his first start at the Honda Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, April 4, 2009, he has plenty of street circuit experience having raced in a variety of international series including, British Formula 3 where he won five races.

Howard experienced at St. Pete:

The Team PBIR driver will make his fourth start on April 4, 2009 at the St. Petersburg circuit - - two in the Indy Lights Series and one in the IndyCar Series. In 2006, Howard started in the fourth position and finished third.

First for Kimball:

Kimball brings a wealth of experience to Team PBIR through his racing achievements. In 2005, the Southern California Native won five races in the British Formula 3 series becoming the first to win a British F3 race in 13 years. In 2006, Kimball became the first American to win a Formula 3 Euro Series race when he won at Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

Howard, a championship caliber driver:

Howard has high expectations for himself this season as he strives for a race win at St. Petersburg. In 2006, the Firestone Indy Lights driver had 12 race starts, two poles, 10-top five starts, two race wins and eight top-five finishes. With a top-notched season, Howard secured the Firestone Indy Lights Championship.

Understanding more than racing:

Kimball was sidelined prior to the final two races in the 2007 World Series by Renault with a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. He worked with a team of diabetes specialist to return to optimal physical form and to the race track. He returned to the Formula 3 Euro Series and finished second in the opening round of the championship and his first race with diabetes in 2008.

More than a driver:

Jay Howard gives his racing experience back to young Kart drivers serving as the president for Palm Beach International Raceway's Kart Center. Additionally, Howard runs Screaming Talent Racing based at Palm Beach International Raceway. The team originated in the UK and brings a wide variety of experience from Europe to the U.S.

Charlie Kimball, driver of the No. 35 Team PBIR car:

(WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RACING AT THE HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG?) "I am really excited to race the season opener at St. Pete. It being my first race back in the U.S. in five or six year means a lot. It is great to race at home. I look forward to racing on a street circuit because they are always fun to run on and St. Pete is not as rough as other street circuit races."

(HOW WAS THE TEST SESSION EARLIER THIS WEEK?) "We made a lot of progress during the testing session. The team progress has been great and a lot quicker than I thought. We are in a good position to have a very strong weekend."

Jay Howard, driver of the No. 37 Team PBIR car:

(WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RACING THIS WEEKEND?) "I am really excited to have the opportunity to run this weekend at St. Pete for Team PBIR. I have always had pretty good success at the track. It would be great to start the year off with a win. I have a really good team around me. I am working with two guys from my old team, Claudio Novoa and Eric Wainscott. Mike Larson is new to our team, but brings with him racing experience. Ron Dixon heads the Team PBIR program with the help of Kane Williams. They will do everything to make this work. Marc Conti has proved many times that his cars are good. His experience will be very valuable. Dave McMillan was on my team in 2007 and I think he will help make this team a success."

(HOW WAS THE TEST SESSION AT PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY?) "I tested on the road course and I was presently surprised with how good the car was during the test. It makes me excited to go to my favorite track - - St. Petersburg."

-credit: tpbir

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Charlie Kimball , Jay Howard
Teams Williams