By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
An enjoyable ride has come to an end in the Verizon IndyCar Series for KV Racing Technology.
The team confirmed on Thursday via a release that it has officially closed its doors and will support Juncos Racing, as team owner Ricardo Juncos seeks to move up to IndyCar after several seasons spent in the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires.
“I want to thank all those who have written to express their appreciation of the efforts of KV Racing Technology during the last 14 years,” said co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven.
“However as I approach 73, I feel I can no longer give the team the effort and support it and the team members deserve.
“I have really enjoyed my time in the series, helping with reunification and of course winning the greatest spectacle in racing… the Indianapolis 500!
“It is my firm belief that the series is on a major upswing under the leadership of Mark Miles and Jay Frye and has a bright future. I remain committed to help in any way I can, particularly in encouraging new owners and sponsors. In particular Ricardo Juncos, to whom we will be offering our support.
“To all the fans who follow the series, and cheered for KVRT, my heartfelt thanks and please spread the good word about the fantastic sport we have.”
Former Indy car champion-turned-co-owner Jimmy Vasser also gave his heartfelt appreciation for all of the support given to the team over its time.
“First and foremost I want to thank all the fans who have supported the team over the years,” said Vasser. “I also want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven for giving me the special and unique opportunity to transition from a driver to a team owner while I was still driving.
“I am very proud to have been a part of this team and I will always cherish all the great people and drivers we worked side-by-side with to achieve our successes.
“It has been a journey of many ups and downs, but I will always remember winning the 2013 Indy 500.
“IndyCar racing has been a part of my life for 25 years, it is in my soul and it will be interesting to see where it takes me from here.”