Ft. Worth, TX (Saturday, June 8, 2013) - Kanaan grabs his second podium finish in his second oval race of the season. The driver of the No. 11 Sunoco Turbo KV Racing SH Chevrolet Firestone car roared through the field to a third place finish in the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway. Having won the 2013 Indianapolis 500 just two weeks ago, Kanaan is reasserting his prowess on ovals, gaining ten positions from his starting spot of 13th. Tonight's finish moves the Brazilian into fourth place in the championship.

"First of all it was a great job by the team and I'm very happy to give Sunoco and Turbo this podium on their first race with us," Kanaan said. "On our strategy we were actually counting on a yellow toward the end of the race which would have put us in a very, very good position for the win, but I'll take third place here any day. The next stretch of races should be very good for us. We're fourth in the championship and we think we can keep up the momentum from the win at Indianapolis going forward."

Jimmy Vasser, team co-owner was hoping for back-to-back oval wins. "The yellows didn't really fall for us on TK's car," he said, "but we gave it a good push. If there were ten more laps I think we would have been there, or if we'd have had a yellow when he got around Helio I think that because we were so much stronger they would have been sitting ducks and we would have had a shot at it. But, we're really proud to finish third and happy for Sunoco, "Turbo", Mouser, a local sponsor, and all of our sponsors. Simona looked like she had a great drive going. It was unfortunate with her penalty. We'll get them next year.

De Silvestro, driver of the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car had a penalty ridden weekend. Although qualifying 12th, the Swiss driver started 22nd today due to a ten-spot penalty for an engine change after Detroit and received another penalty during the race that cost her what looked to be her best finish on an oval. De Silvestro was running 13th and was making a strong push forward when she received a 30-second stop and go penalty for passing the pace car which dropped her back to 22nd. She continued to push hard the rest of the race passing several cars on her way to a disappointing 16th place finish.

"The car was awesome all night and we just kind of got unlucky out there," De Silvestro said. "First of all with the yellow; when it came out we were stuck behind the leader. We fought our way back and then we got a 30-second penalty; I don't really know why. But, at the end of the day, the car was awesome and I think we could have had an awesome finish. We learned a lot. I think for me it was a really good experience. It was just a lot of fun out there racing and passing people. Big thanks to the team; they did an awesome job the whole week. They gave me a really comfortable car out there, so big thanks to them, Chevrolet and Nuclear Clean Air Energy."

Steve Moore, team manager, was proud of the job both of his drivers did. "Simona drove a heck of a race," he said, "but unfortunately she had a blend-line infringement that cost her a stop and go penalty. We feel it was a very harsh penalty, but she came back and drove back through the field finishing 16th. What a great drive by Tony; starting 13th and finishing third. He had a strong car all day and had an excellent drive. Both drivers were outstanding."

The team looks to continue their strong performances on ovals next weekend in Milwaukee, WI for the Milwaukee IndyFest. The race will air live on ABC June 15th at 4:00 p.m. ET. You can also catch the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Monday night on the "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson".

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, with Indian industrialist Imran Safiulla joining the team this season as a partner. 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


‚ÄčAbout 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, with Indian industrialist Imran Safiulla joining the team this season as a partner. 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.

About Sunoco
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sunoco is part of the Energy Transfer family of companies. Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP) is a New York Stock Exchange traded partnership owning and operating a diversified portfolio of energy assets.

Sunoco is an Official Fuel Partner of INDYCAR and Firestone Indy Lights. They market their brand of gasoline through 4,900 retail outlets in 24 states stretching from Maine to Florida and west to Indiana and Louisiana; operating approximately 600 APlus convenience stores. For more information on Sunoco, please visit http://www.gosunoco.com/. 

About Entergy
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

About AREVA
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
Kanaan Earns a Podium Finish in Season's Second Oval; De Silvestro Penalized Finishes 16th