KV Racing Technology

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KV Racing Technology
KV Racing Technology
Motor racing team
Founded 2003
Country  United States
Team Principal(s) Kevin Kalkhoven
Jimmy Vasser
James Sullivan
Current series IndyCar Series
Drivers 11. Sébastien Bourdais
17. Sebastián Saavedra
Teams' titles
KV Racing's #5 car at the 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

KV Racing Technology is an auto racing team that competes in the IndyCar Series. The team was originally formed as PK Racing before the 2003 season by Australian businessman Kevin Kalkhoven and former Formula One team manager Craig Pollock from the remnants of the PacWest team.

The team has also sponsored drivers in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship.

Champ Car[edit]

In its first season, the team fielded one car and employed several drivers including Patrick Lemarié, Bryan Herta, Max Papis and Mika Salo, the latter of which scored the team's best result of third late in the season.

For 2004, the team was significantly revamped. It was renamed to PKV Racing, as businessman Dan Pettit and veteran driver Jimmy Vasser replaced Pollock as co-owners. The team also expanded to field two cars for Vasser and rookie Roberto González. Vasser scored the team's best finish and second podium with a second place at Toronto, but the season was otherwise lackluster. In 2005, PKV replaced Gonzalez with former series champion Cristiano da Matta, who took the team's first win at Portland. Da Matta finished 11th in the championship, while Vasser scored two third place finishes and was sixth overall.

For 2006, the team fielded full season entries for veteran Oriol Servia and rookie Katherine Legge. Vasser retired from racing after driving a third car at Long Beach. Servia scored a third place at Cleveland and finished 11th in the championship, while Legge struggled and finished 16th overall. The team's 2007 driver lineup was Neel Jani and Tristan Gommendy. Mario Dominguez subbed for Gommendy at Edmonton, and Servia replaced Gommendy for the final two races due to sponsorship issues. The team's best results were Jani's pair of second places finishes at Toronto and San Jose.

IndyCar[edit]

The team switched to the IndyCar Series series following the unification of open wheel racing in 2008. Dan Pettit ceased his ownership role in the team and the team changed its name to KV Racing Technology. Australian businessmen Craig Gore and John Fish brought their Team Australia branding from Walker Racing along with driver Will Power to partner Servia.

Power won the Champ Car finale, the 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach a race which also counted towards the IndyCar Series championship. In the 2008 Indianapolis 500, the first for the team and both drivers, Power qualified 23rd and finished 13th, while Servia qualified 25th and finished 11th.

In 2009, the team ran a full-time program for Brazilian Mario Moraes. Paul Tracy also made five starts for the team: Indy 500, Watkins Glen, Edmonton, Toronto, and Mid-Ohio. Townsend Bell drove a third car for the team at the Indy 500. In 2010 the team ran full-time programs for Takuma Sato, E. J. Viso, and Mario Moraes, plus a part-time program for Paul Tracy. James Rossiter tested for the team at Barber. For 2011, Sato and Viso returned to the team, as well as gaining technical support from Lotus Cars, re-branding the team as KV Racing Technology – Lotus, or KVRT-Lotus. The team added Tony Kanaan in a third car, the #82, as a tribute to the late Formula 1 and Indy 500 champion Jim Clark.

In the 2011 Indianapolis 500, Sato and Viso were the first two cars retired from the race due to separate accidents.

On October 30, 2012, HVM Racing's Simona de Silvestro joined KV for the 2013 IndyCar Series season.[1]

Kanaan's win in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 was the first for KV, while de Silvestro scored her first podium at Houston. Kanaan departed KV to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2014 IndyCar Series season, while de Silvestro also departed the team at season's end.[2] They were replaced by Dragon Racing teammates Sébastien Bourdais and Sebastián Saavedra for 2014.

Drivers[edit]

Racing results[edit]

Indycar results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
2012 Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET TEX MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO SNM BAL FON
Venezuela E. J. Viso 5 8 18 12 9 18 18 19 5 24 20 16 20 16 9 25
Brazil Rubens Barrichello 8 17 8 9 10 11 25 DNS 10 7 11 13 15 4 5 22
Brazil Tony Kanaan 11 25 21 4 13 3 6 11 2 3 4 18 6 10 20 18
2013 Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR TOR MDO SNM BAL HOU HOU FON
Brazil Tony Kanaan 11 4 13 20 21 1 13 12 3 10 3 13 5 24 24 13 15 21 24 3
Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 78 6 18 9 8 17 16 24 16 24 21 11 10 14 11 9 5 2 10 8
2014 Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP LBH ALA IMS INDY DET DET TXS HOU HOU POC IOW TOR TOR MDO MIL SNM FON
France Sébastien Bourdais 11 13 14 15 4 7 13 20 20 4 5 16 19 1 9
Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 17 11 9 18 23 15 14 22 14 15 17 15 17 19 21
United States Townsend Bell 6 25
Australia James Davison 33 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Simona de Silvestro to drive No. 78". Associated Press (ESPN). October 30, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (October 4, 2013). "IndyCar: Ganassi Signs Kanaan, Announces Switch To Chevy". Fox Sports. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to KV Racing Technology at Wikimedia Commons