Baltimore, MD (Wednesday, January23, 2013) – KV Racing Technology hits the streets of Baltimore today for the unveiling of the 2013 No. 11 KV Racing entry driven by Tony Kanaan and No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy Chevrolet Dallara IZOD IndyCar Series driven by Simona De Silvestro.
KV Racing Technology’s partner, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore, plays host for the announcement and unveiling of the team’s newly designed livery. KV Racing Technology pilot Simona De Silvestro and her crew will light up Light Street directly in front of the hotel with a pit stop demonstration. De Silvestro and teammate Tony Kanaan will be on hand after the demonstration to meet fans and sign autographs.
In addition to its fantastic views of the harbor, Light Street is part of the actual race circuit for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT street race in September. "We're pleased to have Simona and Tony here to ring in another year of great street racing in Charm City," said Greg O'Neill, manager of Race On, the promoter of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT. "Labor Day weekend will be here before we know it, and we're looking forward to seeing Simona, Tony and other world-class drivers compete in one of the summer's most exciting sporting events."
Chevy Racing, reigning IndyCar manufacturer champion, returns to the site of one of their many 2012 victories to show their continued support of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT, KV Racing Technology, and the IZOD IndyCar Series. “The Grand Prix of Baltimore showcases great racing on a technical street circuit along the beautiful Inner Harbor of the city that attracts race fans from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and beyond. Last year, in an exciting battle to the finish, we were proud that seven Chevrolet drivers finished the IZOD IndyCar Series race in the top 10, including the win,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet IndyCar Program Manager. “Today we are pleased to be in Baltimore with our team partner KV Racing Technology, its sponsors and drivers Tony Kanaan and Simona de Silvestro as they reveal their 2013 Chevrolet Indy V6 race cars for the IZOD IndyCar Series.”
“As an IZOD IndyCar Series champion, a leader in the race paddock and a fan favorite, Tony Kanaan brings a wealth of experience and talent to the Chevrolet V6 IndyCar program and is a true ambassador for the Chevrolet. And this year we welcome Simona de Silvestro with her competitive spirit and "never give up" determination she has demonstrated since arriving on the scene in the IZOD IndyCar Series. We are looking forward to providing her with great power and dependability with the Chevrolet V6 IndyCar engine, and giving her the opportunity to demonstrate her true driving talent as a contender in the series. We are looking forward to the 2013 season and returning to Baltimore.”
Jimmy Vasser, KV Racing Technology owner is looking forward to the 2013 IndyCar season. “We had a good season last year, but I think 2013 is going to be much better. Tony and Simona are both great drivers and Chevy is a fantastic partner. We look forward to putting on a great show for all our sponsors this season,” he said.
The Nuclear Clean Air Energy sponsorship begins their third season backing Simona De Silvestro and their first with KV Racing Technology. Sponsorship members, Entergy Nuclear and AREVA, Inc. are on hand to promote their involvement in the Nuclear Clean Air Energy national education initiative. The #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar brings national and global visibility to the initiative. Other elements ofthe educational effort include Power Path, a curriculum for middle and high schools; promotion of educational events; and relationships with national organizations that promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to students with a focus on careers in the sciences.
Entergy Vice President of Nuclear Communication Terry Young expressed the company’s continued support for the initiative. “Entergy Corporation is proud to be supporting Simona with her new team, KV Racing Technology, in the upcoming season. We have great faith in Simona as a driver and great admiration for her as an individual. As one of the largest nuclear generators of electricity in the nation, we’re looking forward to getting out the message about the importance of nuclear energy -- which cleanly generates 20 percent of the electricity we use here in the U.S. Entergy Corporation celebrates its 100th anniversary this year as a New Orleans based company – which is the imminent destination for many here in Baltimore. As part of our continuing commitment to clean air, we have joined with the Super Bowl Host Committee and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions to limit the environmental impact of the Super Bowl by purchasing carbon credits to offset the greenhouse gas emissions from Super Bowl-related activities.”
“AREVA, a global leader in clean energy production, and the #1 supplier of nuclear energy products and services in the U.S. is once again pleased to partner with the Nuclear Clean Air Energy team. We join Simona and the team to promote the message of safe, clean, affordable and reliable nuclear energy. In addition, we look forward to raising visibility for STEM education "science, technology, engineering and math,”a much needed skill set that will better equip our children and country for the future. AREVA and the race team have also joined to promote the Hiring our Hero’s campaign, an employment initiative designed to match the skillsand teamwork our military veteransbring,which are needed in our industry as well,” stated Mike Rencheck, President and CEO, AREVA, Inc.
The team is proud to welcome back partners Plantronics, Bryant Heating and Cooling, American Racing Wheels, WTS, Rev 1, NEI, Itaipava, Lista Office and Braskem.
About KV Racing Technology
KV Racing Technology was founded in January 2003 and joined the IndyCar Series in 2008. The Indianapolis based team is owned by successful venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 CART IndyCar World Series Champion Jimmy Vasser and international industrialist Imran Safiulla.For more information about KV Racing Technology visit: www.kvracingtechnology.com or follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kvracing and Facebook: www.facebook.com/kvracingtechnology
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees. For more information visit: www.entergynuclear.com and www.NuclearClearAirEnergy.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NuclearCleanAirEnergy and on Twitter at @NuclearCleanAir.
AREVA provides its customers with solutions for low-carbon power generation in North America and all over the world. As the leader in nuclear energy and a significant, growing player in the renewable energies sector, AREVA combines U.S. and Canadian leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. Sustainable development is a core component of AREVA's strategy. Its nearly 5,000 U.S. and Canadian employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Bethesda, Md. For more information visit: www.us.areva.com
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
About the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT
The third annual Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT will feature the IZOD IndyCar series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. The Grand Prix’s races are held on a 12-turn, two-mile course through downtown Baltimore, adjacent to the famed Inner Harbor. The 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT will take place Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2013.
About The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court
Located on the Inner Harbor, overlooking the picturesque Baltimore waterfront, the 195 room Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore offers a AAA approved Four-Diamond experience. Guest amenities include 24-hour rooftop fitness center, swimming pool with panoramic views, racquetball and tennis courts, in-room movies, wireless high-speed internet access, and complimentary daily shoe shine. The hotel is home to Brightons restaurant, featuring an old world charm and contemporary American cuisine; and Explorers which offers creative and classic cocktails and a casual option for lunch, dinner and late night dining. With 10,000 square feet of meeting space, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore also accommodates meetings and events. Offering a sweeping grand staircase and an Inner Harbor view ballroom, the hotel is ideal for weddings and other glamorous social occasions. The hotel is conveniently located on the Inner Harbor, walking distance to many of Baltimore's most well-known attractions including Oriole Park at Camden Yards, American Visionary Art Museum, and the National Aquarium.