Detroit, MI (Friday, May 31, 2013) - KV Racing Technology was hoping to carry their momentum off the win at Indy over to Detroit, but fell short today in qualifying for the first race of the Dual in Detroit. The KVRT drivers were both in the second group of qualifiers which ended up being a bit of a disadvantage as the weather cleared and the track started to dry. Both drivers ran rain tires, which were perfect for the first session conditions, but made it more difficult as the track continued to dry.
Simona De Silvestro, driver of the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car, wasn't happy with her 18th place qualification. "It was kind of a weird session," she said, "because the track was drying and on my last lap I lost the car in the last turn. I almost crashed and had to lift and that cost us the advancement, which is a bit frustrating because the team did a good job with the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car, and that mistake cost us. But, it's going to be a long race tomorrow and we'll just work from here."
2013 Indy 500 Champion and driver of the No. 11 Hippino.com KVRT-SH Racing Chevy, Tony Kanaan, didn't fare any better, qualifying 20th. "Well, that's definitely not the qualifying that I was expecting coming off of a win in Indy," he said. "The qualifying session started wet and my Hippino.com Chevy Firestone car was fast in those conditions, but as soon as the track started to dry I could not keep up with the other guys. We'll continue to work on the setup for the qualifying session for Sunday's race and get that one sorted out before we go green on tomorrow's race."
KVRT team manager, Steve Moore, was equally disappointed with today's results, but has hopes for a better day tomorrow. "It was a disappointing day for KV Racing," Moore said, "with both Simona and Tony not transferring into the top-twelve. Track conditions didn't favor us, but tomorrow's a long day and we're aiming for a good result."
Tomorrow is another busy day for KV Racing Technology with the qualifying session for Race 2 at 9:15 a.m. and the green flag for Race 1 of the Dual in Detroit dropping at 3:50 p.m. ET. Tune in to catch all the action LIVE tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC as the KV Racing Technology drivers make a push toward the front of the field.
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
About SH Racing
Founded in 2010, SH is led 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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