IndyCar 2015 team preview: KVSH Racing/KV Racing Technology

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KVSH Racing and Sebastien Bourdais returned to victory lane in 2014 and made it into the top-10 in the points standings. He’ll have his third teammate in four seasons this year in the KV Racing Technology team’s second car.

Team: KVSH Racing (No. 11), KV Racing Technology (No. 4)
Engines/aero kits: Chevrolet
Sponsors: Hydroxycut/Mistic eCigarettes (No. 11), KV Racing Technology (No. 4)

2014 STATS

Races: 18
Wins: 1 (Bourdais)
Podiums: 2 (Bourdais)
Pole Positions: 2 (Bourdais 1, Saavedra 1)
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 808 (Bourdais 461, Saavedra 291, Davison 34, Bell 22)
Laps Led: 112 (Bourdais 98, Saavedra 14)
Championship Position: 10th (Bourdais), 21st (Saavedra), 29th (Davison), 32nd (Bell)

2015 LINEUP (Engineers in parentheses) 

4 Stefano Coletti (Matt Curry)
11 Sebastien Bourdais (Olivier Boisson)
82 Bryan Clauson (Byrd Racing entry; Indy only; engineer TBC)

2014 RECAP (Bourdais, Saavedra driver recaps)

Sebastien Bourdais finally looked the champion of old in a pretty solid season with KVSH Racing, particularly in Toronto and Mid-Ohio, as he ended back in the top-10 in points for the first time since his North American return. Teammate of KV/AFS Racing Sebastian Saavedra had all too few highlights of his own, other than a well judged pole for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. James Davison and Townsend Bell impressed in their Indianapolis 500 one-offs, even if their results weren’t representative of their races.

2015 OUTLOOK

KVSH’s Bourdais will remain as team leader and will have another new teammate under the KVRT umbrella.  Stefano Coletti and Ryan Phinny tested in the second car, with the Monegasque GP2 veteran race winner emerging ahead of the American to secure the second seat. Despite the lateness of Coletti’s program in particular, he should prove an amiable sidekick to Bourdais throughout the season. I’d expect Bourdais to win once again and Coletti to perhaps sneak a podium or two.

Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

Motocross Spring Creek Cianciarulo
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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.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“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).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

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.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).