KVSH Racing, KV Racing reveal standout NOLA liveries


Both Sebastien Bourdais’ No. 11 KVSH Racing and Stefano Coletti’s No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolets will have different liveries heading into this weekend’s Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Bourdais’ No. 11 KVSH car, which was adorned in Hydroxycut black and green colors at St. Petersburg, will be in an updated version of the white and green for Mistic eCigarettes this weekend. Mistic posted a picture of the car up to Twitter on Monday, and it is linked below:

Meanwhile Coletti’s No. 4 KV Racing Technology car will feature a new look and new primary sponsor, in the form of local Louisiana-based oil field rental tool company, Variable Bore Rams, Inc. (VBR). VBR President, Hines M. “Chip” Marshall, Jr. is an avid race car fan and owns several race cars, including the Champ Car Will Power drove to victory in the Champ Car World Series finale at Long Beach in 2008.

In February this year, KVRT organized a test day for “Chip” at NOLA Motorsports Park, which allowed him to bring the two  cars he owns and test them under the guidance of KVRT co-owner Jimmy Vasser, who retired after the Long Beach event. KVSH Racing driver Bourdais was also given a chance to get back behind the wheel of one of the cars he earned one of his four-consecutive Champ Car World Series titles.

“Variable Bore Rams, Inc. is proud to represent Louisiana and our Energy Sector in this exhilarating Race!” Marshall said in a release. “NOLA has seen its share of firsts, but this is a special time for IndyCar racing and we are grateful, as well as thrilled, to be in the hunt!”

Photo: KV Racing Technology

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.