Power joins Servia at KV Racing Technology
KV Racing Technology co-owners Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser announced that the team will campaign two cars during the 2008 IndyCar Series season.
"In conjunction with our commitment to the IndyCar Series, we have re-branded the team as KV Racing Technology and agreed to a sponsorship arrangement with Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia. This will allow Will Power to join teammate Oriol Servia in what I believe will be the most competitive and exciting open-wheel racing series. We want to welcome both Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia and Will Power to our team and we look forward to a very successful season in 2008 and for many years to come."
KV Racing Technology is entering its sixth year of competition and its first in the IndyCar Series. Servia, who came to an agreement with the team earlier this year, will be behind the wheel of the KV Racing Technology No. 32 Honda/Dallara//Firestone entry. Power will drive the No. 8 Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia car.
"I am very excited that KV Racing Technology will be competing in what I think will become the most challenging open-wheel series," Vasser said. "Speaking from past experience, this series will be one of the most difficult to win because it requires a driver and a team to race on a variety of different tracks. To win the championship you have to be competitive in all disciplines of open-wheel racing."
Power, 27, is entering his fourth year of open-wheel completion. The native of Toowoomba, Australia, won the 2002 Formula Holden Championship in Australia and successfully competed in Australian Formula Ford, Australia Formula 3, British F3 Championship and World Series Powered by Renault as well as testing for the Minardi Formula 1 team.
IndyCar Series Unstructured Cap, With Buckle Strap. He made his Champ Car World Series debut in 2005, contesting two events for Team Australia (Walker Racing). In 30 starts, all with Team Australia, Power had two victories and a total of 19 top-10 and 11 top-five finishes.
"This is a great opportunity for Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia and me," Power said. "It will be my first season in the IndyCar Series and having Jimmy Vasser to help mentor me on the ovals will make the transition easier. I look forward to racing with Oriol and working with the entire KV Racing Technology Team. This is a first-class organization and I am happy to continue my open-wheel racing career with them."
Aussie Vineyards was created to help with the sales and marketing of Australian wines into the United States and other world markets. It is headed by Craig Gore, who also created the Team Australia concept, which uses motorsports as a marketing tool for Australian companies wanting to increase their brand awareness and sales on a global scale with a major focus in the United States.
"I think we are heading into an exciting new era of open-wheel racing and I could not think of better partners to have than Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser," Gore said. "I am sure KV Racing Technology will be competitive in 2008 and beyond, and I look forward to seeing the Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia car, not only on the streets of Surfers Paradise in October, but, for the first time, at the Indy 500 in May."
Servia, a veteran of eight Champ Car seasons, will contest his first IndyCar Series season in 2008. The 33-year-old native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, continues his association with Kalkhoven and Vasser for a third year. Servia has placed in the top 10 in the championship standings in four of the past five seasons. He has one victory and 70 top-10 finishes. IndyCar.com