Veteran team manager Chris Mower has joined KVSH Racing in the same role, the team announced on Friday.
Mower will work with KVSH Racing general manager Steve Moore in overseeing the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet, driven by Sebastien Bourdais. KVSH Racing has a technical alliance with the PIRTEK Team Murray effort for Matthew Brabham in the month of May and the team is expected to add a third car for the Indianapolis 500.
It’s a nice landing spot for Mower, who was team manager of the ill-fated Nissan LMP1 program last year.
Today, Team GM Steve Moore brought on Chris Mower as Team Manager for the #11 car – join us in welcoming Chris! 🏁🏎 pic.twitter.com/QYXvszkHFi
While Nissan’s car struggled on track and never ran a hybrid system in its one and only race start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the work and effort put in by the Mower-led crew was unquestioned – and it’s good to see the crew, who were let go under less than ideal circumstances, sort out landing spots.
Mower joins Brandon Fry and Max Chilton among those from the Nissan LMP1 program now in IndyCar; Fry is working with Chilton as race engineer of his No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Mower’s past experience includes the Nissan time, a longer run with Panther Racing from 2008 to 2013, and a prior stint at Conquest Racing from 2002 to 2008, according to his LinkedIn page.
Mower was instrumental in bringing the late Justin Wilson to Champ Car in 2004 with Conquest; Wilson drove for Mower’s Nordic team in F3000, and won that series’ championship in 2001.
Chase Sexton stumbled in San Diego and Eli Tomac had a hard fall in Anaheim 2, but the Monster Energy Supercross numbers for Houston suggest they will continue to be the ones to beat in Houston. To do so, they will have to turn back challenges from another pair of riders who have swept the top five in the first three rounds and another with a worst finish of sixth.
There are reasons to believe Webb and Roczen can keep those streaks alive.
Webb is the only multiple winner at Supercross’ current Houston stadium. His pair of wins came in 2019 and 2021, the same year he won his two 450 championships.
Clinton Fowler points out this week, that Webb has carried that strength into 2023. Webb had a late surge in Anaheim 1, advancing from fifth to second in the final six laps. In San Diego, he set his ninth fastest lap with two to go and his eighth fastest on the final lap. He posted his fastest lap of Anaheim 2 on Lap 12 while the rest of the field did so on Lap 6 on average.
By comparison, Tomac set his 14th fastest lap on the final circuit in route to winning the Main at San Diego while he was trying to keep Webb at bay.
With a sixth at San Diego, Dylan Ferrandis barely missed sweeping the top five in his first three races as did Tomac with a sixth last week at Anaheim 2.
This will be the 46th year Supercross has visited Houston and with 55 races the city is tied for the second-most with Detroit.
Webb won most recently in 2021 in the final race of three held there that year as the series executed a strategy of racing in residencies to limit travel during height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tomac and Justin Barcia also won in Houston in 2021.
Two privateers have started the season on a high note.
Joshua Cartwright and Joshua Varize have each made the last two Mains. Cartwright finished 18th in San Diego and 21st last week in Anaheim 2 – all while working fulltime as a Business Intelligence Analyst at the University of Texas, Dallas. Varize earned a top-15 (12th) in San Diego and was 21st in Anaheim 2 in his third season on a 450.
The numbers show none of the active 250 Supercross East riders have won in Houston, so no matter who steps on top of the box, there is going to be a fresh face. That is not surprising since most of the top competitors have not raced at this venue yet.
Michael Mosiman has a pair of top-fives there, however. His best finish was a second in the second 2021 race. Garrett Marchbanks scored a top-10 in his rookie season of 2019 in Houston.
In the 250 East division, Hunter Lawrence is one of the favorites to win the title now that Christian Craig has moved to 450s. Last year he had four wins and nine podiums, but failed to set a fast lap in a race.