KV RACING TECHNOLOGY SET FOR IZOD INDYCAR SEASON OPENER IN SAÃ• PAULO INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- MARCH 12, 2010 -- KV Racing Technology begins the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season this weekend with the season opening SaÃµ Paulo Indy 300, March 13-14, on...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY SET FOR IZOD INDYCAR SEASON OPENER IN SAÕ PAULO
INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- MARCH 12, 2010 -- KV Racing Technology begins the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season this weekend with the season opening Saõ Paulo Indy 300, March 13-14, on the streets of Saõ Paulo, Brazil
KVRT will start the 2010 season, its eighth of open-wheel completion and third in the IndyCar Series, with a three-car effort. Veteran Formula 1 driver and Japanese star Takuma Sato, who signed with the team on February 15, will pilot the #5 KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine while rising young talents E. J. Viso, who joined the team on February 22, will be behind the wheel of the #8 PDVSA -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone car and Mario Moraes, who rejoined the team for a second season on Thursday, March 11, will drive the #32 Banco Panamericano -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry.
"I am excited to get the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season underway," said KVRT General Manager Mark Johnson. "We've made a lot of progress over the last two seasons and I feel we have a very strong team for 2010. The engineering staff, the mechanics and the drivers are all experienced professionals who have worked very hard. Now it is time to see how we stack up against the competition."
Sato, commonly known as "Taku", will be making his IndyCar and KVRT debut in Saõ Paulo after spending the last seven seasons competing in Formula 1. A highly skilled and precise driver, Taku had his best F1 season was in 2004 placing eighth in the championship on the strength of10 top-10 finishes including five top-five showings and one podium, a third at the United States Grand Prix.
"I'm extremely excited by my entirely new challenge just around the corner," said Taku. "It's a new season with a totally new environment. It's needless to say that I have a lot to learn about the IZOD Indycar Series but with my experienced teammate and such an established top team KV Racing Technology, I am confident that I can find the speed quickly and I believe we will become strong contenders in the league. I can't wait to start my first ever Indycar race in the very enthusiastic streets of Saõ Paulo."
Viso, 24, who has show tremendous potential, is entering his third IndyCar season and first with KVRT. The native of Caracas, Venezuela spent the last two years competing for HVM Racing earning six top-10 finishes including a career best fourth place showing at St. Petersburg in just his second IndyCar race.
"I am very happy to be racing with KV Racing Technology this season," Viso said. This is a very strong team and I have a lot of confidence in the entire organization. After seeing the development of the team over the last two years and with what I have learned in two years of IndyCar racing, I feel I am in the right place to perform to the best of my abilities."
Viso went on to say, "The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season starts in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. It is going to be a bumpy track and there is a good chance of rain. This will be a track where the fastest drivers will be the ones that work with their team the best setting up the car and can learn the track the quickest. KVRT has excellent engineers and mechanics and we have a group of drivers that want to help and push each other, so I think we are ready to start the season and perform at a very competitive level."
Moraes, 21, who was born and resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil is entering his third IndyCar season. He joined KVRT last year and enjoyed his best season earning six top-10 finishes including three top-five finishes (the first of his IndyCar career) and his first career podium, a third on the oval in Chicagoland (also had career best road course finish placing fourth in Sonoma). Moraes concluded the year with four consecutive top-seven showings.
"I want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven, Jimmy Vasser and my sponsor Banco Panamericano for helping me and giving me this opportunity," Moraes said. "Being in the car to start the season is very important for me especially since the first race is in my hometown. KVRT is one of the best teams in the IZOD IndyCar Series and I am looking forward to working with everyone on the team again. Hopefully we can continue the success we enjoyed at the end of last season."