This season, KVRT has fielded three regular drivers - Tony Kanaan, Ernesto Viso and Takuma Sato - as well as collaborating with SH Racing to enter Tomas Schecker in the centennial Indianapolis 500. Tony Kanaan finished in fourth place in the Indy 500 and went on to finish a strong fifth place in the championship.
Kanaan is due to test the Chevrolet engine in the new Dallara chassis for the first time this week at the Sebring International Raceway short course. The chassis is to be named 'DW12' in honour of Dan Wheldon, who tested the new car over the summer using an interim Honda engine.
Last week, Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay became one of the first drivers to try out the new car with Chevy power at Sebring, having already run the car in some demonstration laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weeks previously.
"It was definitely special to do the first laps at Sebring in the new Dallara-Chevy," he said. "We're just going through checklists at this point of everything we have to do with the car and with the engine.
"The new Dallara is very nimble and very responsive - light on its feet ... You can definitely feel the new car is built for road courses and ovals, whereas the previous car was only built for ovals," he added. "The Chevy twin-turbo is a blast to drive, too. Great sounds, power, you name it."
Dario Franchitti was also at Sebring last week to test the Honda equivalent, as Ganassi Racing is the leading team signed to stay with Honda in 2012. AJ Foyt and Sam Schmidt Motorsports have also signed up with Honda for next season.