KV Racing signs sponsor in time for season opener
Tony Kanaan has landed a nine-race sponsorship deal with
Hydroxycut just in time for the IndyCar season opener at St.
The deal between KV Racing Technology-SH and the weight-loss
supplement company helps the team replace longtime sponsor Geico,
which gave the organization little notice it was pulling out of
”We’re really stoked to bring a new sponsor into IndyCar,
especially at the 11th hour to replace the Geico situation,” said
team co-owner Jimmy Vasser.
KV learned in February that Geico, which sponsors Casey Mears in
NASCAR, was not returning to IndyCar this season. It comes at a
time when smaller IndyCar teams are struggling to find sponsorship
and Geico’s decision left KV scrambling to find a replacement for
Kanaan, one of IndyCar’s most popular drivers, with only a month to
go before the season opened.
Kanaan will debut the aggressive black livery on the No. 11
Chevrolet when the street course officially opens Friday.
”The Hydroxycut machine is one of the most interesting
IndyCar’s we’ve ever built, and I think I echo most of the fans
comments that we all cannot wait to see it on the track,” Vasser
said. ”If she runs half as good as she looks, we’ll be in victory
lane on Sunday.”
The deal still leaves Kanaan’s No. 11 car with five unsponsored
races, Detroit, Texas, Iowa, Pocono and Mid-Ohio. But KV likes its
chances of finding a partner because all but the Mid-Ohio event are
Vasser said the team is working with IndyCar in finding
potential sponsors, and he’s hopeful Geico may reconsider and
return for some of those events.
Meanwhile, Andretti Autosport announced Thursday Mutual of Omaha
has signed on as an associate sponsor for Marco Andretti.