INDIANAPOLIS – KV Racing Technology announced today that they have signed Swiss IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar season.
De Silvestro joins current driver Tony Kanaan, making the team a two-car entry. This will be the first time De Silvestro has had the opportunity of running with a teammate since moving up to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010.
She brings with her the Nuclear Clean Air Energy campaign sponsorship.
“I’m really excited to be joining KV Racing Technology,” De Silvestro said, “I think it’s going to be great having Tony as a teammate. It’s never easy to make a change like this, but I’m confident that it’s the right move for me going forward. I do want to thank Keith and HVM Racing for helping me gain a ton of experience these last three years. Even though we struggled last year with our engine, I learned a lot. Now it’s time to move on and look forward to next season. I’m proud of the fact that I’m the spokesperson for the Nuclear Clean Air Energy campaign and very happy that Entergy, AREVA, and all my sponsors will continue to support my racing efforts”.
The Nuclear Clean Air Energy Sponsorship is comprised of multiple members of the nuclear industry most notable being Entergy Nuclear and AREVA.
“I’m excited for Simona,” John Herron, CEO of Entergy Nuclear, said. “This is the first time she will have a teammate in the IndyCar series and I think Tony Kanaan is going to be a really good one for her. Entergy is looking forward to being part of KV Racing Technology and we’re very happy that we will now be working with Chevrolet. We think Simona is a great driver and ambassador for our industry and look forward to continuing our support of her racing endeavors.”
“AREVA, the global leader in clean energy production, is once again pleased to partner with the Nuclear Clean Air Energy team. We join Simona and the team in delivering the message of safe, clean, affordable and reliable nuclear energy,” stated Mike Rencheck, chief operating officer, AREVA, Inc.
KV Racing Technology, formed in 2003, has accumulated an impressive 335 starts with 19 podiums, five poles and two wins. Team management is looking forward to having De Silvestro come on board.
“I am very happy to welcome Simona to KV Racing Technology,” says team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. “I have been watching her race for many years and she shows tremendous talent. I think we will really see this on the road/street courses and having Tony as a teammate will provide her a wealth of information, so I am excited for what the 2013 season will hold.”
KV Racing Technology also welcomes Imran Safiulla as a team principal. Safiulla, an international industrialist who has supported De Silvestro’s racing efforts since 2006, expects the new arrangement to be a successful endeavor for both De Silvestro and KV Racing Technology.
“We are delighted to announce Simona to KV,” said team co-owner Jimmy Vasser. “She has shown a lot of determination and to now be able to work with someone as experienced as Kanaan will be a huge asset for her. I would also like to welcome our new co-owner Imran Safiulla to the team and hope we have a successful 2013.”
De Silvestro has already made herself familiar with the team while testing yesterday at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. The team expects to test again at Texas and Sebring before the end of 2012.