IndyCar: Coletti makes his case for a seat after successful KV test


Monegasque GP2 veteran Stefano Coletti didn’t do his Verizon IndyCar Series chances any harm following his two-day test aboard the No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet at NOLA Motorsports Park.

Coletti was making his second IndyCar appearance this week after his first came with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in December at Sebring’s short course.

He improved his unofficial best time from a 79.41 on day one of the test to 78.72 on day two. That time placed him fifth, unofficially, of the 14 drivers testing and also several hundredths ahead of test teammate Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 11 Hydroxycut/Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet.

“I’m very happy about these two days testing,” Coletti said in a team release. “I was consistently improving and working really well with my engineers, particularly Matt Curry. The collaboration with everyone at KV Racing Technology was great and they all made me feel at home.

“I had a lot of fun pushing this car and really enjoyed the NOLA track. Working with such an experienced and quick driver as Sebastien Bourdais was very useful and we were able to push each other to the top.  I love challenges and a job in IndyCar this year would be amazing.”

Added KV Racing Technology general manager Steve Moore, “Everyone at KV Racing Technology was impressed with Stefano. He is professional, dedicated and very intelligent. Despite his lack of experience in the car, Stefano has a great grasp of what makes a race car fast. We found his technological knowledge and feedback to be exceptional, not to mention he is very personable and articulate.”

The renumbered No. 4 car, which was No. 17 under the KV/AFS banner for Sebastian Saavedra last year, is yet to have its seat filled.

KV Racing Technology’s release made the unusual mention of publicly noting the team’s talks with Coletti, which may indicate things are progressing to finalize the budget required to fill the seat.