Chicagoland: KV Racing preview



INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - SEPTEMBER 3, 2008 - - Round #17 2008 IndyCar Series season - - KV Racing Technology's Oriol Servia will have a new sponsor this weekend as he tries to crack the top-six in the final championship standings at the Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300, September 6-7, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government and education, will be the primary sponsor of the CDW KV Racing Technology #5 Honda/Dallara/Firestone piloted by Servia for the final points paying event of the 2008 IndyCar Series season. Servia, currently seventh in the championship standings with 345 points, trails Danica Patrick by just 14 points for sixth place. The talented and personable Spaniard, who has earned seven top-10 finishes in 16 races this year including five top-five showings (a season high fourth last weekend in Detroit along with fifths in Long Beach, Richmond, Mid-Ohio and Edmonton), is the highest ranked driver not a member of Andretti Green, Ganassi or Penske Racing.

"Chicago is a very important race for KV Racing Technology. It is the last race of season, an opportunity for KVRT to finish the season in the top-10, and possibly top-six, in the championship standings plus CDW, our sponsor for this event, is based in Illinois and will be hosting a large contingent of guests" Servia said. "This has been a challenging season for the whole team. Moving from Champ Car to IndyCar we had to change technical directions quickly while learning to compete on ovals again, so I look at this race as a great opportunity to have a good result and finish the season on a high note for everyone, from the owners to the crew to our sponsors."

KVRT teammate Will Power, KV Racing Technology #8 Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone, is coming off an eighth place finish last weekend in Detroit, his fifth top-10 finish, including two top-five showings with one victory (Long Beach), in 16 races this year. Power is 14th in the standings with 301 points, 33 points out of 10th and third in the 2008 Bombardier Learjet Rookie of the Year race trailing rookie leader Hideki Mutoh by 33 points. Power, who will be making just his 11th career start on an oval, and 10th this season, has spent much of the year learning the nuances of oval racing, but has clearly found a comfort level on tracks with only left hand turns.

"This will be my last points paying race this year for KVRT Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia, so hopefully we can have a reasonable finish. I am looking forward to getting back on an oval. The team has improved throughout the year on the ovals and a top-10 result for us would be great."

Servia, in his ninth season, but first in IndyCar, is not considered a rookie because of his extensive oval experience. The 34-year-old resident of Miami, Florida will be making his 142nd career start and 37th on an oval this weekend. He has earned 77 top-10 finishes including 39 top-five showings with 16 podium performances, one victory (Montreal 2005) and one pole (Surfers Paradise 2005) in 141 starts. In 36 previous oval events he has scored 17 top-10 finishes including 10 top-five showings and three podiums. His best oval finishes are seconds at Milwaukee in 2003 and Las Vegas in 2005. Servia is the highest ranked driver transitioning from Champ Car to the IndyCar Series this year, especially on ovals. He has recorded the highest finish on an oval of the transition drivers, the fifth at Richmond, and has the best finish on five of the nine ovals contested this year, Homestead, Indy, Milwaukee, Richmond, Kentucky and the second highest at Kansas. Servia has placed in the top-10 in the championship standings in four of the past five seasons with a career high second place showing in 2005 (three races with Dale Coyne Racing and 11 with Newman/Haas Racing).

Power, in his fourth U.S. based open-wheel season, will be making his 47th career start this weekend. The determined 27-year-old native of Australia has earned 24 top-10 finishes including 13 top-five showings with seven podium performances, three victories and six poles. In 10 previous oval starts Power has one top-10 finish a ninth place showing earlier this year at Iowa. He made his oval debut in 2006 at Milwaukee qualifying fifth and finishing 11th. Power, the third highest ranked transition driver, has scored the best oval finish of any transition driver once, Iowa, and the second highest three times, Indy, Texas and Nashville. He has finished in the top-six in the championship in each of his first two full seasons (sixth -- 2006, fourth -- 2007).

-credit: kvr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Will Power , Hideki Mutoh , Dale Coyne
Teams KV Racing Technology , Dale Coyne Racing , Team Penske