The KV Racing Technology team has reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining a three-car operation for the 2012 IndyCar season, but they have left a number of questions unanswered as to their driver line-up.
Receiving their first new Dallara DW12 chassis last week along with many other teams, and with Tony Kanaan confirmed for a second full season, ‘TK’ has taken the opportunity to do something he had little to none of twelve months ago: pre-season testing.
After a strong season in which Kanaan finished fifth in the overall standings, and EJ Viso delivered a much more composed, mature and consistent season than he had previously, Viso is a near-certainty to return in 2012 alongside the 2004 series champion in Kanaan.
With Takuma Sato likely to sign for Rahal Letterman Lanigan – as we reported yesterday – KV team co-owner Jimmy Vasser gave no indication as to who might fill the team’s third Chevrolet-powered entry.
“We have some exciting opportunities for the third car,” he said.
“More than likely, it’s going to be a rookie, either from Indy Lights or from Europe. Three cars is our business model. Come hell or high water, we’ll have three cars next year.”
News like this must be music to the ears of Indy Lights drivers Gustavo Yacaman and James Davison who both recently tested, and impressed, for Andretti Autosports and would likely both jump at a chance to take the third KV seat.
[Article text by Matt Lennon; image via Tony Kanaan]
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