Tuesday, November 1, 2011

KVRT Joins Chevy Lineup

KV Racing Technology has announced they'll run Chevrolet engines in 2012.

“I am very pleased to announce that KV Racing Technology has reached an agreement to compete with Chevrolet power during the 2012 IndyCar season,” said KVRT co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. “Chevy has a proven history of innovation and success in motorsports and we look forward to continuing that legacy.”

Chevrolet announced last November their intent to compete in the IZOD IndyCar series with the introduction of the new Dallara chassis and engine formula. The bowtie is returning to INDYCAR for the first time since 2005 when they withdrew following the season.

“I am very excited Chevrolet is returning to IndyCar racing and that we will have the opportunity to work with them," commented KVRT co-owner, Jimmy Vasser. "I have a long personal history with Chevrolet. My first car was a 1969 Camaro, my first podium was with a Chevy engine in 1993 at Phoenix and, I am proud to say, that I am a Chevy dealer. We look forward to a very successful relationship with Chevrolet for many years to come.”

The twin-turbocharched, direct-injected V-6 GM powerplant will be built in conjunction with Ilmore.

"We are pleased to welcome KV Racing Technology to Team Chevy for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "The team puts a high value on advanced technology, as does Chevrolet with its IndyCar engine program that uses key technologies from our production engines. Jimmy Vasser was already part of our extended family as a Chevrolet dealer, and like our company co-founder, Louis Chevrolet, his roots run deep in racing. We're delighted to have Jimmy, Kevin Kalkhoven, and the entire KV Racing Technology organization as part of our IndyCar racing program."

KVRT will run Chevy power alongide a confirmed 2012 lineup including Team Penske, Andretti Autosport, and Panther Racing. The 2nd engine manufacterer, Honda, has announced Ganassi, Sam Schmidt Motorsports and A.J. Foyt Racing will continue with the sole supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series since 2006. Lotus has yet to make any formal announcements.


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