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.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined from Supercross by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.