KV Racing Technology – Lotus Looking For Stong Race At Honda Indy Edmonton

KV Racing Technology – Lotus is looking for a strong performance this weekend at the Honda Indy Edmonton, July 22-24, on the Edmonton City Centre Airport street circuit in Edmonton, Canada.

Tony Kanaan, KV Racing Technology-Lotus
Tony Kanaan, KV Racing Technology-Lotus

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

The Edmonton event, which will be contested on a newly designed 2.256-mile, 13-turn temporary circuit, is the second of three street/road races. All three KVRT – Lotus drivers need to finish well as they attempt move up in the championship standings.

Tony Kanaan, No. 82 GEICO – KV Racing Technology – Lotus, currently fifth in the championship race with 221 points, just 11 out of fourth place, is coming off a very disappointing race in Toronto. After qualifying 16th, he was on the move from the drop of the green flag gaining four spots on the opening lap, but while working lap three was hit by Ryan Briscoe ending Kanaan’s day. Kanaan will be making his fourth appearance at Edmonton. In three previous races his best starting position is 13th in 2009 and his best finish is ninth in his Edmonton debut in 2008.

"I'm excited to get to Edmonton to go racing,” Kanaan said. The GEICO - KVRT - Lotus crew had way too short of a race in Toronto and I am eager to get on track to make up for that. So far, Edmonton has not been my kind of track, but a new circuit layout and driving for a new team might be just what I need to get a good result in front of my Canadian fans. We are going to keep pushing hard for that first win of the season."

In 10 races this season (Texas two starts), Kanaan has finished in the top-10 six times with four top-five showings and two podiums (second at Iowa and third at St. Petersburg). The 36-year-old Brazilian has been extremely competitive on the street/road circuits this season finishing in the top-10 in three of the five races including the podium at St. Petersburg (sixth at Barber and eight in Long Beach).

Takuma Sato, No. 5 KV Racing Technology – Lotus, who has spent much of the season in the top-10 in the standings, is now 14th with 167 points just six out of 10th. Sato also had a rough weekend in Toronto. Qualifying 19th, he made contact with the back of another car early in the race which damaged his car. He eventually returned to action, six laps off the pace, but battled to the end. Sato will be competing at Edmonton for the second time. In his Edmonton debut last year he qualified 13th and finished ninth.

Sato has finished in the top-10 four times this season (IndyCar career-high fifths at St. Petersburg and Texas, eighths at Milwaukee and Brazil). In addition, he has earned his first pole (Iowa, the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar pole), led his first IndyCar race (at Brazil) and scored his first top-five finishes. The 34-year-old from Japan, who is a veteran of seven Formula 1 seasons, as expected, has been strong on street and road circuits this year. In addition to the fifth at St. Petersburg and the eighth at Brazil, Sato had top-10 performances nullified by incidents at Barber and Long Beach.

E. J. Viso, No. 59 PDVSA – KV Racing Technology – Lotus, who is coming off his best street/road course performance of the season, a ninth place finish at Toronto, is 20th in the standings with 135 points, 23 out 15th. The Toronto race was a bizarre affair featuring not one, but two tire punctures forcing the talented young Venezuelan to fight his way back through the field twice getting as high as second when the second puncture occurred. Viso, 26, will be contesting his fourth race in Edmonton. He has his best performance there last year qualifying sixth and finishing eighth.

"Edmonton is one of the most physically demanding tracks in the championship, at the same time it's so bumpy and has plenty of loaded corners,” Viso said. “This year we have a new layout so we are not sure what to really expect until we get there. I am sure with the new hairpins they have introduced there will be more opportunities to overtake and we are definitely looking forward to that. Setting up the car at Edmonton is never easy and I am hoping with the development we have made from the past road/street courses we are going to come up with a pretty good solution. Last year, we qualified sixth and had great pace during the race, so we will be looking to better our eighth place finish."

Viso has finished in the top-10 three times this year. In addition to the ninth place showing in Toronto he finished seventh and 10th in the two races in Texas. Viso’s career best finish on a street/road course is fourth at St. Petersburg in 2008 (overall career-high, third in Iowa). He has had competitive races on the street/road circuits this year, but a run of bad luck (punctured tire at St. Pete, hit by another competitor at Barber, contact in Long Beach and a questionable blocking penalty at Brazil), has prevented him from finishing in the top-10 until Toronto (despite the misfortune there).

By: kv racing technology