KV planning upcoming test with Bourdais, Grenier

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There are a number of IndyCar Series teams testing at Sebring International Raceway in a couple weeks.

Among them is KV Racing Technology, which will have its first run with new recruit Sebastien Bourdais, and French-Canadian rookie Mikael Grenier. Bourdais has signed a two-year deal with KV, while Grenier has made six career Indy Lights starts for teams with limited budgets. His best finish is fifth at Barber, 2011, driving for the now-defunct O2 Racing Technology team.

Team co-owner Jimmy Vasser told me at the SEMA show in Las Vegas last night that Grenier had a seat fitting on Monday in the team’s Indianapolis shop.

“He’s a talented kid, from what he’s been able to do in his limited opportunities,” Vasser said.

Bourdais will lead the team in 2014 with his teammate likely a younger gun. Whether that young gun is a rookie – as Grenier would be – or the team’s second driver from this year, Simona de Silvestro, remains to be seen. De Silvestro’s management team is known to be exploring different options for 2014.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.