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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Kalkhoven and Vasser Release Statements

Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser, KV Racing Technology co-owners, released the following statements Thursday afternoon via press release.

KV Racing Technology co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven:
“I want to thank all those who have written to express their appreciation of the efforts of KV Racing Technology during the last 14 years,” said Kalkhoven. “However as I approach 73, I feel I can no longer give the team the effort and support it and the team members deserve.

“I have really enjoyed my time in the series, helping with reunification and of course winning the greatest spectacle in racing… the Indianapolis 500!

“It is my firm belief that the series is on a major upswing under the leadership of Mark Miles and Jay Frye and has a bright future. I remain committed to help in any way I can, particularly in encouraging new owners and sponsors. In particular Ricardo Juncos, to whom we will be offering our support.

“To all the fans who follow the series, and cheered for KVRT, my heartfelt thanks and please spread the good word about the fantastic sport we have.“ 

KV Racing Technology co-owner Jimmy Vasser:
“First and foremost I want to thank all the fans who have supported the team over the years. I also want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven for giving me the special and unique opportunity to transition from a driver to a team owner while I was still driving

“I am very proud to have been a part of this team and I will always cherish all the great people and drivers we worked side-by-side with to achieve our successes
“It has been a journey of many ups and downs, but I will always remember winning the 2013 Indy 500.

“IndyCar racing has been a part of my life for 25 years, it is in my soul and it will be interesting to see where it takes me from here.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Steak 'n Shake Returns With Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced Wednesday morning the return of Steak 'n Shake to the team's sponsor lineup in 2017.

The popular chain of restaurants, owned by Biglari Holdings, will serve as Graham Rahal's primary sponsor in St. Pete, the Indianapolis 500, Mid-Ohio and Gateway.

“The partnership with Rahal, Letterman and Lanigan has exceeded all expectations. We’re excited to support such a legendary team in its efforts for another winning season,” said Sardar Biglari, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Biglari Holdings Inc.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Stewart To Sponsor Car In '500'

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced Tuesday morning a joint venture with Tony Stewart for the team's No. 77 entry in May's Indianapolis 500.

The entry will come in the form of Team One Cure, an initiative setup by The Tony Stewart Foundation. The project is meant to create awareness of the Colorado Sate University Flint Animal Cancer Center (FACC) and their work on cancer treatments for both people and pets.

“We learned that with the One Cure program, cancer treatment breakthroughs are happening through collaboration between scientists and doctors working with both people and pets,” Stewart said. “It perfectly fits with my foundation’s missions to help children and animals. Sam Schmidt represents the very best in an injured racer overcoming adversity, plus we share the passion to win at IMS.”

According to the SPM release, the driver will be announced soon.

Friday, February 3, 2017

DRR Returns With Karam For '500'

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced Thursday morning the signing of Sage Karam to run the team's enty in May's Indianapolis 500.

Karam will be attempting to make his 4th Indianapolis 500 start and 3rd with DRR (2014 & '16).

“I’m really excited to be back with Dennis and the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team for the Indianapolis 500 this May,” said Karam. “Trying to win the 500 as a one-off team is certainly a big challenge, but I’m confident in this team and their ability to field a race car that can win this race."

If Karam were to win the '500' he would be the 2nd youngest winner ever, just 4 days older than 1952 winner Troy Ruttman.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Aleshin Returns To SPM

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced early Wednesday morning the signing of Mikhail Aleshin to return to the No. 7 entry this season.

Aleshin was thought to be a lock for the seat until recent reports of a possible funding issue with the program. That same issue kept the Russian off the IndyCar grid for all but 1 race in 2015.

The 29-year-old finished last season with 3 tops 5's, 1 pole and 15th in points.