The Lotus saga continues...

Just while we’re all hoping that Lotus’ naming rights confusion is on the verge of being resolved in Formula 1 land, the Group Lotus-sponsored KV Racing IndyCar team has decided not to use Lotus engines for the 2012 championship season, the first year that the championship returns to an ‘open’ engine market.

Instead, the outfit will become the third team to ink a contract to use Chevrolet engines, alongside the Andretti Autosport and Penske operations.

“I am very pleased to announce that KV Racing Technology has reached an agreement to compete with Chevrolet power during the 2012 IndyCar season,” KV Racing co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven has said.

“Chevy has a proven history of innovation and success in motorsports and we look forward to continuing that legacy.”

Carmaker Lotus is itself building and supplying IndyCar-spec engines for the 2012 season, although their supply has so far only been taken up by the new Michael Shank Racing outfit.

To confuse matters further, former F1 driver (and Group Lotus brand ambassador) Jean Alesi will make his Indianapolis 500 debut in a KV Racing car, fitted with a Lotus engine…

[Original image via LAT]

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