E.J. VISO JOINS RUBENS BARRICHELLO AND TONY KANAAN FOR TESTING AT SEBRING
SEBRING, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 1, 2012 – E.J. Viso joined his KV Racing Technology teammate from last year Tony Kanaan and Formula One veteran Rubens Barrichello for testing at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida.
Viso, got into the seat of the #5 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone IndyCar. In the morning session he ran 40 laps, approximately 64 miles and in the afternoon 27 laps. He spent the entire day working on car setup, but in the process still produced competitive times.
“These testing days at Sebring have been very successful for the KV Racing Technology team. I think we have found some solutions and new options for running this new chassis, which has definitely been a big challenge for all the teams. However, I am impressed with the performance we have been able to get out of this car. By having such an experienced driver as Rubens Barrichello, who has completed 19 full seasons in Formula One, is definitely giving us a few tips, which is helping to develop this new car for the start of the first race.”
Barrichello, returned for a half day of testing. He adopted his “brother’s” #11 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone car, which coincidentally has been his favorite number all his life. He ran a total of 57 laps, 92 miles this morning and was able to provide valuable feedback to the entire team.
“It’s been a really good morning,” commented Barrichello. “I was able to do a lot of laps in Tony’s car and very happy to be in the #11, it’s been my favorite number all my life. The small amount of laps I did yesterday was compensated today and I want to thank the team again for letting me return. My feedback I think will be very beneficial to Tony and the whole team and I am satisfiedwith what we have achieved. I leave Sebring now with a good taste in my mouth.”
Kanaan, reclaimed his #11 car for the afternoon session. He continued making what he likes to call his “cook book” so when he arrives at a race he can open it up and find the dish he wants. He completed 63 laps, approximately 101 miles in the new car.
Talking about the test, Kanaan said, "It has been a positive day, having three drivers helps with the setup and gives us a lot of feedback and information. Obviously we are not racing at Sebring but we are now able to go back to the shop and work on what we need to do for the future.“