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.
Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.
“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.
In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).
Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.
“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”
NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)