LEEDS, Ala. (April 1, 2012) – KV Racing Technology driver Rubens Barrichello earned his first IndyCar top-10 finish, placing eighth in just his second IndyCar start at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on the picturesque 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park permanent road course in Leeds, Alabama.
Teammate E. J. Viso had a problem with the pace of his car and placed 18th while Tony Kanaan the third of the KVRT trio, was the victim of bad luck for the second race in a row and placed 21st.
Viso ran in the top-10 in the No. 5 CITGO | PDVSA – KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone, with reasonable pace through the first stint, however from that point on he slowly drifted back through the field.
The 27-year-old Venezuelan was engaged in several spirited wheel-to-wheel battles in an attempt to defend his position or move forward, but simply didn’t have the car to make his efforts stick.
“Coming into the race I believed we would keep up with the pace that we showed in qualifying and in St. Petersburg,” Viso said. “Unfortunately, the general pace of my car today was slower than the rest of the field. The team is going to sit down and review the data and I am confident we will get everything resolved for Long Beach.
Viso, who made his third start at Barber today, earned 12 points and combined with his team-high eighth place finish in the season opener at St. Petersburg is now 12th in the championship standings with 36 points.
Kanaan started a team-high sixth in the No. 11 GEICO | MOUSER ELECTRONICS – KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone, and was solidly in the top-10 until lap 57 of the 90 lap contest when a problem developed with the rear of the car. He rejoined the contest one lap down and soldiered on picking up valuable championship points.
Kanaan has driven strong races in the first two rounds of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season only to victimized by bad luck. The perennial championship contender, who finished fifth in the standings last year, his first with KVRT, has placed in the top-six in the championship every year he has run the full IndyCar season, a total of nine consecutive seasons. Kanaan earned 12 points today and is 26th in the championship race with 22 points. In three races at Barber he has finished in the top-10 twice including an eighth place showing in 2010 and a spectacular run last year when he started 24th and finished sixth.
Barrichello started 14th in the No. 8 BMC | EMBRASE – KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone. The 39-year-old Brazilian drove both a smart and strong race. He saved fuel when he needed to, but turned up the wick particularly during the final 30 laps when he charged from 18th place to eighth. Barrichello, who thanked his race strategist, KVRT General Manager Mark Johnson, his engineer Garrett Mothersead and his crew over the radio during the cool off lap following the checkered flag, benefitted from a solid pit strategy and outstanding pit work from his KVRT crew.
SOURCE: KV Racing Technology