Birmingham, AL (Saturday, April 06, 2013) - After running well in all three practice sessions for the weekend KV Racing Technology drivers had high hopes heading into today's qualifying session. Simona De Silvestro, driver of the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car just missed moving to the second qualifying session and ultimately qualified 14th, while veteran Tony Kanaan, driver of the No. 11 Mouser - KV Racing Technology - SH Chevrolet/Firestone car, was disappointed with a 19th place qualifying.
The day started on a promising note with De Silvestro topping the charts in this morning's practice. Combined with the fact that the drivers were in different groups, Kanaan in group one and De Silvestro in group two, it looked like the team had a strong chance at getting both drivers into the top six.
For De Silvestro, tire choice seemed to be the determining factor in her disappointment. "On the reds we had a really big balance change," she said. "It was a really big difference, so we'll have to try and work on that for tomorrow's warm-up and the race. I think on the blacks we were really quick; even on the older ones. Hopefully we can make up some positions. It's really frustrating to be starting more in the back, but I think we can make it happen. We'll work really hard to go to the front with the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car.
Kanaan was happy with his car, but not with the results. "I'm having a hard time understanding what happened during qualifying," he said. "My car actually felt good, but when Vasser came on the radio and said I needed another tenth and a half, I thought that I heard something wrong. And on top of that, the times for group two of quals were way slower than group one, which is very strange. Starting back there will make it a long day tomorrow, but I trust the #11 crew, Chevy and Firestone, and we'll move forward during the race."
Both drivers expect to move up through the field and anticipate good finishes. Tune in tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network to catch all the action.
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 Indian 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
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About SH Racing
Founded in 2010 to campaign the 2011 Indianapolis 500, SH is lead by Principal James "Sulli" Sullivan. In its Third year, SH expands with a full season alliance with KV Racing Technology in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
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