Tony Kanaan, driver of the No. 11 Itaipava - KV Racing - SH Racing car, will start fourth with Simona De Silvestro, driver of the No. 78
Sao Paulo, Brazil (Saturday, May 4, 2013) - A great day for KV Racing Technology with both cars qualifying in the top-eight for tomorrow's Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle. Brazilian Tony Kanaan, driver of the No. 11 Itaipava - KV Racing - SH Racing car, will start fourth with Simona De Silvestro, driver of the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car starting eighth.
"It was a great team effort by KV," Kanaan said. "We had a great car from the get go, but there was no way I could beat those guys that had sticker reds during the Fast Six. It was a disadvantage not having the new Firestones, but you know, they got it by luck because of how their qualifying group went on. I'm happy. This is my home race; we have the fans cheering and the backing from my local sponsor. Starting in fourth on a street course is not bad at all and I think it's going to be weird seeing just three cars in front of me at the start of my 200th consecutive race."
De Silvestro also advanced easily out of the first-round by finishing first in Group 2. However, she was unable to transfer from the Top-12 to the Fast Six due to a mistake on her fast lap.
"I think we had a pretty strong car," she said, "but I don't feel like we got a really good lap out of it because there at the end Viso got in our way. He kind of stopped and I thought I was going to gap so that I could get an extra lap and then he went around the corner and totally slowed down into turn one so we didn't get those two laps. It was really frustrating because he was on a straightaway and he knows he was slow. But, we start eighth and I think we can be ok with that. I think we'll definitely have a little bit more tires than the six guys in front of us, so hopefully we can make some positions up and go race. I feel like we're pretty strong overall, so hopefully it'll be a good race tomorrow.
Steve Moore, team manager, was disappointed with De Silvestro not making the Fast Six, but happy overall with the team's qualifying results. "It was a great day for KV Racing," Moore said. "Having both drivers in the top eight is a good achievement. They both have great starting spots tomorrow. It was a little disappointing with Simona not making it through to the top six; we feel like we got blocked a couple of times. However, we've got two cars starting in the top eight which is good and we have two solid race cars, so we're looking for great results tomorrow."
Don't miss the fun! Tune in tomorrow and see if the KV Racing drivers can capitalize on their good starting positions and capture their first podiums of the season.