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.

Petersburg.

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

IndyCar.

”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

ABC telecasts.

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.