The HVM team will use Lotus engines in the 2012 IndyCar season

Lotus has announced they will supply engines to the Bryan Herta Autosport and HVM IndyCar teams for next season, adding to their currently confirmed deal with the newly-created Michael Shank Racing outfit.

HVM Racing is also likely to be renamed Lotus/HVM and carry the iconic green Lotus livery made famous by Lotus founder Colin Chapman.

Team owner Keith Wiggins, with continued support from Nuclear Clean Energy, will field one-car full- time in the hands of Simona De Silvestro, and is doing the rounds aiming to secure sponsorship to run a second full-time entry.

Wiggins, the former owner of the Pacific Formula 1 team which came and went about as fast as their cars did in 1994 and 1995, has also seen the shiny end of the grid, twice a winner with Robert Doornbos in Champ Car in 2007.

“I know a lot of people are sceptical but I’ve spent a lot of time with those people and I’m very optimistic it will be the better engine,” Wiggins told Robin Miller of

Bryan Herta Autosport, reigning Indianapolis 500 champions, are likely to announce Alex Tagliani as their driver in addition to the Lotus engine deal.

[Text via Matt Lennon; Images via LAT]

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