By Allan Brewer, IndyCar correspondent
- Tony Kanaan stays in IndyCar
- KVRT snatch up the talented Brazilian
Tony Kanaan joins KVRT Lotus for 2011
Veteran driver Tony Kanaan has joined KV Racing Technology Lotus for the 2011 IndyCar Series season. For Kanaan, who won the IndyCar Series championship in 2004, the signing launches his 14th year of open-wheel racing in America, and 10th circuit of IndyCar.
I would also like to thank all of my fans.
Kanaan will join Takumo Sato and EJ Viso at KVRT Lotus as the second-year team looks for its first IndyCar Series victory.
KVRT Lotus co-owner Jimmy Vasser said. "I think Tony is a great addition to our team. He, along with Taku and EJ gives us a very strong driver line-up, one I am sure can compete for podium finishes, and race wins. Tony's knowledge and experience will be extremely valuable to our team."
Kanaan will pilot the Lotus No. 82 car.
"Jimmy (Vasser) and I go back a long way," said Kanaan. "We were rivals during the CART days, but more than that, we have always been good friends. I'm ready to do what I do best, drive a racecar, and push hard to give KVRT Lotus their first IndyCar win."
Lotus Director of Motorsport Claudio Berro said, "The addition of a driver of Tony's calibre strengthens our existing team and reiterates our commitment to IndyCar. He will be a great asset to the team."
Kanaan, at 36 years of age, has proven to be one of racing's most consistent and top performers. In 132 IndyCar Series starts, Kanaan has finished in the top-10 a remarkable 102 times, including 78 top-five performances, 14 wins and 10 poles.
The 2011 IndyCar Series season begins Sunday, March 27 with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. The race begins at 12:30 PM EDT and will be broadcast on ABC.