Stefano Coletti moves stateside to the Verizon IndyCar Series

by Joe Hudson
Chris Jones Credit

Stefano Coletti will join Sebastien Bourdais at KV Racing Technology for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar season as he was announced as the team’s second driver.

Coletti, who has spent the last four years in the GP2 Series, will move over to North America to take part in their pinnacle of open wheel racing.

Coletti said: “I’ve always wanted to race in IndyCar and have the opportunity to live overseas. It’s a great championship and the competition is very high!

“When I tested with KV Racing Technology at NOLA a few weeks ago, there was a great atmosphere and the whole team really welcomed me, so I can’t wait to get to Indianapolis and start working with the No. 4 crew and getting to know everyone better. It’s a great opportunity to be on the same team as a driver like Sebastien Bourdais who is very experienced, very quick and a nice person to work with. I couldn’t have asked for better for my rookie year.”

The team obviously saw something in the Monegasque, especially so after his first test in an IndyCar where he finished in the middle of the time sheets having competed with a number of more experienced drivers.

Jimmy Vasser, who owns the team with Kevin Kalkhoven, said: “We are very pleased and excited to add a driver of Stefano’s talent to KV Racing Technology. Stefano has shown he can win at a very high level during his time in GP2 and we were extremely impressed with his knowledge and feedback during the test last month at NOLA. There will obviously be a learning curve, especially on ovals, but I think everyone feels that Stefano is up to the task.”

The 25-year-old’s next taste of the Chevrolet powered DW12 will be at NOLA Motorsports Park on March 14 where he will be giving Chevy’s new aero package its first run on track.

Coletti’s first taste of American racing will be on the streets of St Petersburg on March 29 for the first race of the season.

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