Jourdain to run Mexico races

UPDATE #8 This SPEEDTV article sheds more light on the Jourdain deal and why it has not been announced yet. 05/12/05 We are hearing that there will be a driver announcement coming out sometime today (Thursday). We assume it will be Jourdain running Monterrey for PKV. 05/05/05 Published reports in Mexico say that Michel Jourdain is very close to signing a deal with PKV Racing so he can run at the Monterrey Grand Prix. According to the reports, he has a 90% chance of running at Monterrey in a third car with PKV Racing. Jimmy Vasser was quoted as saying that having a third car in the race would provide PKV great feedback. Jose Arrambide reporting from Mexico 04/28/05 The Monterrey GP website also makes mention that Jourdain may drive a third PKV car for the upcoming Tecate Telmex Monterrey GP. 04/12/05 Sources are saying that Jourdain will likely drive a third car for PKV Racing in Monterrey. Another team that has the capacity to run a third car would be Forsythe Racing. 04/10/05 Hernandez Pons, one of the owners of HVM, gave an interview to El Norte/Reforma group, in the traditional (paper) version of El Norte, stating that HVM is looking for a Mexican driver for the Monterrey race, and if possible, for the rest of the season. When asked how does he feels not to have a Mexican driver in a team using the Mexican colors he said, "Don’t ask me, ask the Mexican companies that are not supporting us. We are working on this issue, so don’t stop supporting us, because we will have news soon and it will be before the Monterrey race." If HVM gets a Mexican for the race there will be 3 Mexican drivers for the race, Mario, Jourdain, and whoever gets the HVM seat for the race. Jose Arrambide reporting from Mexico 04/10/05 We are hearing Jourdain will also run the Mexico City race. 04/10/05 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today as Kevin Kalkhoven said in Long Beach Saturday night that Michel Jourdain will drive in Monterrey, Mexico. Since Adrian Fernandez is not driving this year, someone should get him to dust off one of his old Lolas to race in Champ Car's two Mexico races. He could use the exposure to bolster his fading career in Mexico and Champ Car could use his popularity. 04/09/05 According to Mexican Newspaper El Norte, Will Pappas, Michael Jourdain's manager in the NASCAR Busch series, was in Long Beach yesterday meeting with Kevin Kalkhoven to discuss a deal that would see the Mexican drive in the upcoming Monterrey race.

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