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KV Racing trio looking for wins in 2012

After signing Rubens Barrichello to its driver line-up for 2012, KV Racing Technology now has some pretty big expectations to deliver upon this season.
By the team's own estimation, their 2012 driver line-up of consisting of Rubens Barrichello, Tony Kanaan and EJ Viso "is one of - if not the - strongest lineups ever in the ten-year history of KV Racing Technology."

It's certainly the one getting all the attention ahead of the IZOD IndyCar Series season opener at St Petersburg this weekend. Now all the trio have to do it get out on track and prove it, to themselves and to the world as a whole.

"I have always had great memories here, and I am hoping that this year will not be any different," said series veteran Kanaan. “It's also nice to be back with KV Racing Technology for the second year - and with more preparation than this time last year!" he quipped, remembering how the deal to keep him in the series had come together only a matter of days before the race.

EJ Viso also has good memories of St Pete, having raced on the temporary street course for the previous four seasons. "It's a track that I truly have a connection to. Every time I've been there I've been consistently fast and in a few instances very close to a podium finish," he said, adding: "Hopefully the result we get this year will be the one that my team and I are working towards."

And what about the new boy who comes with 19 years of built-in Grand Prix racing experience? Despite all his seasons in F1, Barrichello is going to be facing a steep learning curve this weekend on a very different sort of course from that which he is used to.

“I'm very much looking forward to my first ever IndyCar race and can't wait to get to St Pete,” he said. “We had some good testing but now its time to race. The only thing I know about this track, is what I have seen on TV and it looks very nice indeed.

"I hope that I can learn the track quickly so I can have a good weekend along with my team mates at KV Racing Technology," he added.

Team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven still sounded as if he was trying to regain his balance after a whirlwind start to the year surrounding Barrichello coming on board.

"Less than two months ago Rubens tested a KV Racing Technology car. At that time I thought we had less than a one percent chance of him driving for us for the season," he admitted. "Now, with Rubens joining Tony Kanaan and EJ Viso, we have one of the strongest driver lineups in the series."




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