PKV RACING  Team Information


PKV RACING  Team Information

03.04.2007: PKV RACING  Team Information


ADDRESS: 4001 Methanol Lane
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268

OWNERS: Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser

DRIVERS: Neel Jani #21
Tristan Gommendy #22

CREW CHIEFS: Don Oldenburg (Jani)
Greg Senerius (Gommendy)

CAR NAMES: #21 Red Bull-Gulfstream PKV Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
#22 Pay By Touch-MegaSpirea PKV Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

#21 – Jani Primary: Red Bull
Associate: Gulfstream, iRise, KPLJ Ventures

#22 – Gommendy Primary: Pay By Touch and MegaSpirea
Associate: Bell Micro, KPLJ Ventures

SERIES SPONSORS: BBS, Bosch Spark Plugs, Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, Cosworth Racing, Featherlite Trailers, GEHL, Holmatro, iRise, McDonalds Corporation, Ohlins, Pi Research, Roshfrans, Safety Kleen, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes



WINS: 1 (da Matta – 2005 Portland) POLES: 1 (Vasser – 2005 Milwaukee)

PUBIC RELATIONS: Contact: Kevin Diamond 


KEVIN KALKHOVEN: Kevin Kalkhoven started PKV Racing in 2003. In January of 2004, he along with fellow team owners Paul Gentilozzi and Gerald Forsythe, purchased the assets of CART to ensure the future of the Champ Car World Series. In November of 2004, Kalkhoven and Forsythe teamed to purchased Cosworth Racing and Pi Research thus guaranteeing a steady and reliable supply of engines and electronics for Champ Car well into the future.

Most recently the duo secured the rights to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and Molson Grand Prix of Toronto races ensuring that Champ Car’s premier events would remain on the series calendar. Kalkhoven, a venture capitalist and co-founder of Kalkhoven, Pettit, Levin & Johnson Ventures LLC, joined Uniphase Corporation in 1992 as President, CEO and Chairman.

He oversaw the company’s transformation from a privately held manufacturer of industrial lasers into a publicly held leading global supplier of components and modules for today’s advanced fiber optic telecommunications networks and a member of the NASDAQ 100. While Kalkhoven served as CEO, the Company’s annual sales rate increased over 67-fold from $23 million in fiscal 1991 to the $394 million reported for the quarter ended March 31, 2000. During his tenure, the market cap of the company grew from $35 million to $100 billion.

As CEO of Uniphase, he oversaw its merger with JDS FITEL in July of 1999 and the emergence of the combined entity as a leader in the fiber optic components and modules marketplace. Kalkhoven retired from JDS Uniphase in May 2000 and co-founded the venture firm in August 2000.

A noted philanthropist, Kalkhoven has donated substantially to the Canary Foundation, which is dedicated to the early detection of cancer, is a trustee of the Lizard Island Marine Research Station on Australia’s Barrier Reef and is a donor to the Ansari X Prize, a competition to build privately funded manned passenger spacecraft. Kalkhoven was noted in May 2000 Worth magazine as one of America’s Top 50 CEOs.  


JIMMY VASSER: Jimmy Vasser is one of the most recognized names in all of open wheel racing. The 1996 Series Champion joined PKV Racing in the dual roles of owner and driver in 2004. A success both on the race track and in the business world Vasser brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. Vasser, who drove Champ Cars competitively for 14 seasons plus one race, last year’s Long Beach Grand Prix, owns some of the finest credentials in the Champ Car World Series. In addition to his championship in 1996, the native of California was runner-up in 1998 and placed third in the standings in 1997.

Vasser stands among the leaders in most of the career Champ Car statistical records including wins, 10, podium finishes, 33, poles, nine, laps led, 988, and earnings $12,093,244, (sixth all-time and one of just eight drivers to earn more than $11 million in series competition). Vasser, who started 232 Champ Car events (11th on the all-time), holds the series record for consecutive starts will 211.

A determined and consistent competitor, Vasser was running at the end of 145 of his last 188 starts (dating to Milwaukee in 1995) and finished in the top-10 in 132 of his 232starts. He was a perennial championship contending having placed in the top-10 in the championship standings in nine of his last 11 seasons. Off the track, Vasser is the owner of three auto dealerships and a vineyard in Napa, California and various real estate properties in North America.


Bell Microproducts (NASDAQ: BELM) is an international, value-added distributor of a wide range of high-tech products, solutions and services including storage systems, servers, software, computer components and peripherals, as well as maintenance and professional services. An industry-recognized specialist in storage products, this Fortune 1000 company is one of the world’s largest storage-centric value-added distributors.

Bell Microproducts is uniquely qualified with deep technical and application expertise to service a broad range of information technology needs. From design to deployment, its products are available at any level of integration, from comp0onents to subsystem assemblies and fully-integrated, tested and certified system solutions.

Bell Microproducts markets and distributes more than 140 brand name product lines, as well as our own Rorke Data and TotalTec brands, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) customers, value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators in the Americas and Europe. In addition, the company’s Hammer Storage division offers a comprehensive branded line of storage solutions for both the consumer and small/medium business markets. More information can be found in the company’s SEC fillings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Website at


Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business jet aircraft. As a result of Gulfstream's achievements in the aerospace industry, the company has twice been awarded the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the most prestigious award in the North American aerospace industry, the first time in 1997 and again in 2003. Additionally, Gulfstream has received numerous safety and research awards including the Federal Aviation Administration's Excellence in Aviation Research award for its development of the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System.

Gulfstream has produced more than 1,500 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising (delete line about the G100) the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150™; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200™; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350™; the large-cabin, long-range G450™; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500™ and the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550™.

Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Financial Services Division and Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales®. The company employs more than 7,900 people at seven major locations. We invite you to visit our Web site for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at


iRise® ( is dedicated to bridging the communication gap between business and IT by improving the process of defining software. Leading corporations like Agilent, Sprint, Wachovia, Sun Trust Bank, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Motorola use its market leading application definition platform to get requirements right – the first time. iRise application simulations cut rework costs, accelerate time to market and reduce the risks associated with global development on mission-critical business systems initiatives. Unlike text-based requirements, visual iRise simulations are

unambiguous and enforceable specifications that ensure the needs of the business are clearly understood and met. iRise simulations can be built by business experts and used in a collaborative global model to quickly iterate on stakeholder requirements with business people, dramatically improving project success. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., iRise is backed by Morgan Stanley Venture Partners and has sales offices across North America. To learn more about iRise’s racing community, go to:


MegaSpirea International ( is the new leader in mail finishing technology and has developed a machine capable of printing content, cutting the envelope and inserting the content into the envelope all at once.

The Mailliner 100 developed by MegaSpirea International does:

• in-line production (cutting, gluing and closing) of real envelopes

• in-line dynamic diecutting, collecting and folding of up to 7 letters

• in-line inserting of the letters

Founded in 2005 in Colmar (France) and headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. It is a fully independent company, founded by a managing team and a group of international investors.

Pay By Touch ( ) is the global leader in biometric authentication, personalized marketing and payment solutions. Already, more than 3.6 million consumers are using Pay By Touch services to identify themselves, make purchases, cash checks and get personalized savings with the touch of a finger.

Pay By Touch services are free for consumers to use and available in more than 3,000 retail locations across 44 states, the UK and Singapore. Pay By Touch also provides robust data management and payment processing solutions for ACH (electronic checking), card-present and card-not-present debit and credit transactions for retail clients.

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in San Francisco, Pay By Touch employs 800 professionals and holds more than 60 patents worldwide on secure, convenient and cost-effective transaction solutions.


– Kevin Diamond –


03.04.2007 / MaP

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