Vasser: KVSH searching for second car candidates

Vasser: KVSH searching for second car candidates

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Vasser: KVSH searching for second car candidates

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KVSH Racing co-owner Jimmy Vasser has his new lead driver Sebastien Bourdais signed to a two-year contract and with the support from his partners, has started the search for the team’s second driver.

As RACER chronicled on Thursday, current KV Racing driver Simona de Silvestro could be headed for a new home once her management team settles on KV or one of the other teams that have expressed interest in her services.

Whether it’s the 25-year-old Swiss phenom, an IndyCar veteran or an up-and-coming rookie, Vasser is confident KVSH will return with two cars next season.

?We’re working on it,? he told RACER. ?Simona’s a fantastic driver; we’d love to have her stay, but we don’t dictate where she goes, so that’s beyond our control. That’s between her and her managers. For what me and my partners Kevin Kalkhoven and ?Sulli’ (James Sullivan) can control, we’re really excited about getting Bourdais and think that’s going to be huge for us as we’re going through this transition with new drivers next year.

?He’s really getting into his groove, which I don’t think he was able to do the last few years. And having him also makes it better for us when we’re out there looking for sponsors and looking for drivers to join him.?

Completing Bourdais’ signing has consumed most of Vasser’s time, and with that process complete, the second car will become KVSH’s top priority.

?Now we can concentrate on that second car, go after sponsorship for it and I’d really like to go after [Oriol] Servia,? he said. ?He was really good when he raced with Seb in Champ Car and I think having the two of them together at KVSH would be pretty amazing.

?We’re talking with some others. There are some people that have been calling from Europe. We’re testing a French-Canadian kid soon to see how he goes. We’ve spoken with Sage Karam’s management as well. We’ve been talking with Alex Tagliani; he’d be really interesting to have. Now it’s time to get on with things and see what’s most likely to shake out.?

A wrench has been thrown into one of the other future-minded plans Vasser had been working on for KVSH, but could be resolved in a favorable manner.

?We’re also talking with another team ” Panther Racing ” about linking up technically text year,? Vasser noted. ?We’ll have to see how things turn out there with the sponsorship stuff we’ve been hearing about, but I hope we can still work something out there if they’re good to go next season. I really hope that turns out well for them.?

The final bit of housecleaning to cover centered on KVSH’s engine partner for 2014. It’s believed the Chevy-powered team has spoken with Honda, but Vasser believes his team will maintain continuity.

?We’re Chevy guys; we have no reason to want to change and they’ve been behind us the whole way,? he confirmed. ?We don’t have anything to announce yet, but I can’t see leaving the Bowtie. It’s not something any of us want to do, I know that.?

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