Like most American kids that grew up in the 80's I watched the Indy 500 every year and became interested in motorsports thanks to that race, but I didn't really get hooked until I started watching Formula 1 racing in the late 90's. My favorite era were those years with the great Mika Hakkinen/Michael Schumacher battles. (I was a Mika Hakkinen fan) So my fondness for Formula 1 waned once Mika retired and Schumacher started winning everything, even at the expense of his teammate Rubens Barrichello. My interest in F1 has only been lukewarm since.

Then I turned to Champ Car racing here in the US for my motorsports fix. However that was quickly extinguished once Champ Car and Indy Car merged and we were stuck with Tony George and his many foibles. (It was entertaining to watch the Hulman/George drama I'll admit.) My interest has been less than lukewarm with Indy Car lately, even without Tony George at the helm.

Over time however, the excitement I once had for motorsports has slowly gone. Maybe it has to do with my age, I don't know. But I think I will pour my efforts into my Trooper and my interests in the outdoors to add excitement to my life.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it. I will still post racing news when I find something interesting or noteworthy.

Friday, March 6, 2009

KV hope to add second car from Indy

(by Matt Beer 3-6-09)

KV Racing team boss Jimmy Vasser is optimistic that his squad can add a second car for the second half of the IndyCar Series.

Mario Moraes is currently KV's only confirmed driver for the 2009 season, and the team recently had to release a group of employees due to their lack of sponsorship. They ran Will Power and Oriol Servia in a two-car line-up last year.

But Vasser is optimistic that KV can get a second car in the field for the Indianapolis 500 and hopefully beyond. Servia and Paul Tracy are among the candidates for the seat.

"At the very least we're going to have at least one more car at Indy," he told Indianapolis radio station 1070 The Fan.

"Most probably a car from Indy on forward. I don't think it's probable that we'll have two cars for the full season. But I really believe we can put the second car together from Indy."

He dismissed any suggestion that he would contest the Indy 500 himself.

"I always thought that if I was going to do that I need my financing in place by last November, and quite honestly getting me in the car is at the bottom of the line," Vasser said. "I'm working on deals for Oriol Servia, Paul Tracy and so on. I think there's a very small chance for Jimmy Vasser."

Although Dale Coyne Racing convert Moraes will be KV's sole representative in the early rounds, Vasser is confident that the young Brazilian - who was sixth quickest in the Homestead test - can fight for victories.

"If anybody is surprised, they were underestimating his abilities," said Vasser. "He impressed me a lot on the road courses late last year. He was quicker than (teammate) Bruno (Junqueira), and if you saw him at Chicago, he was not afraid to stick his nose up in there.

"I think he impressed a lot of people at Homestead. I don't want to jump the gun and say that Mario's going to do all sorts of things, but I know what Mario wants to do - he wants to run up front. He's 20 years old and I think there's no discounting his natural ability.

"I think we can give him the car that he can take his break-out win in this year."

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