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De Silvestro signs with KV Racing

“I'm excited for Simona,” said John Herron, the CEO of Entergy Nuclear. “This is the first time she will have a teammate in the IndyCar series and I think Tony Kanaan is going to be a really good one for her. Entergy is looking forward to being part of KV Racing Technology and we're very happy that we will now be working with Chevrolet."

De Silvestro's 2012 season was blighted by the problems that HVM's engine suppliers Lotus were having with their development program, and understandably de Silvestro is looking forward to having the proven Chevrolet package in her DW12 in 2013.

"Even though we struggled last year with our engine, I learned a lot," she insisted.

As part of the new deal bringing di Silvestro to KV Racing in 2013, international industrialist Imran Safiulla will join KV as a team principal having been a committed backer of de Silvetro's career since 2006.

"I would also like to welcome our new co-owner Imran Safiulla to the team and hope we have a successful 2013," said Vasser. The team expects to test again at Texas and Sebring before the end of the year.

Where this leaves HVM Racing is uncertain. Team owner Keith Wiggins confirmed last week that the two teams were in discussion over some form of collaboration for next season.

And with the official announcement referring to de Silvestro's signing at KV as "making the team a two-car entry," it's also not definitively clear whether or not KV will continue to look at adding a third driver to their line-up before the start of the 2013 season. KV ran three cars this years season, with Kanaan joined by EJ Viso and by former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello.

Barrichello has indicated that he has every intention of being back in IndyCar in 2013, but has also hinted in the past that it was unlikely to be back at KV. His long-time Honda connections mean that a link with a top Honda team such as Chip Ganassi's outfit is looking more likely.

Barrichello is currently filling out the remainder of the motorsports year by taking part in the Brazilian Stock Car Championship. Having originally signed only to run in the final round at Interlagos as part of a charity fundraising deal for the Instituto Barrichello Kanaan children's fund, the F1 veteran has since expanded his involvement with two extra rounds added to his itinerary.

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Simona De Silvestro (#78) during practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. 12-27 May, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (c) 2012, F. Peirce Williams, LAT Photo USA (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
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cruachan - Unregistered

October 30, 2012 5:24 PM

I'm glad Simona's got a good drive, she's been fast in patches over the last few years and had no chance of doing anything last year with that dog of a Lotus engine.

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