Following his successful test at NOLA Motorsports Park last month, Monegasque GP2 veteran Stefano Coletti has been confirmed for the second Verizon IndyCar Series seat at KV Racing Technology alongside KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais.
A report from ItaliaRacing.net out Monday said Coletti would be en route to Indianapolis to prepare for what should be a hectic upcoming testing schedule, in advance of what would be a full season in the No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet.
The team has now confirmed the signing this morning.
“I’ve always wanted to race in IndyCar and have the opportunity to live overseas,” Coletti said in a team release. “It’s a great championship and the competition is very high!
“When I tested with KV Racing Technology at NOLA a few weeks ago, there was a great atmosphere and the whole team really welcomed me, so I can’t wait to get to Indianapolis and start working with the No. 4 crew and getting to know everyone better.
“It’s a great opportunity to be on the same team as a driver like Sebastien Bourdais who his very experienced, very quick and a nice person to work with. I couldn’t have asked for better for my rookie year! I really would like to thank Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser and also KVRT’s General Manager, Steve Moore, for making this possible and look forward to an exciting year with the team!”
KVSH Racing and KV Racing Technology will test at NOLA again on March 14, and then are en route to Barber Motorsports Park for IndyCar’s spring training session March 16-17. A further test at Sebring would follow after the track completes the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, which runs March 21.
Coletti spent parts of five seasons, including four full seasons, in GP2. He never won the title or finished better than fifth in the standings, but he did regularly beat his teammates, and won a total of seven races – including his last start at Abu Dhabi.
Now that Coletti has got the nod, it will leave either two or three seats left to fill for the season opener at St. Petersburg. Dale Coyne Racing is yet to confirm its two drivers, while Andretti Autosport has not officially confirmed its fourth car.