The Indianapolis Star reports that Tony Kanaan has re-signed with KV Racing Technology with a "multi-year contract." Appearing on Versus' telecast of Sunday's IndyCar race at Infineon Raceway, Kanaan denied that he had signed, but indicated that discussions were proceeding well for him to stay.
The Star also reports that the team owned by Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser will go with Chevrolet power rather than Lotus engines next season, which presumably will mean the end of its commercial partnership with the British marque, too. However, it claims that the team will keep Takuma Sato and EJ Viso as drivers alongside Kanaan.
Chevrolet currently has the Penske and Andretti teams in its camp, with Panther expected to be confirmed shortly, so the addition of KV could account for Chevy's planned 10-car allotment. However, Andretti Autosport has not confirmed how many cars it will be running in 2012. Marco Andretti's No. 26 entry will be sponsored by RC Cola next year, the team announced at Sonoma – despite last week's announcement that Marco, along with his father Michael and grandfather Mario, has entered into a marketing agreement with Go Daddy. This means that the GoDaddy.com primary sponsorship will be on a different car, which Michael Andretti said will not be driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay. Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon – who drove for the team in its Andretti Green days – has been mentioned in connection with the Go Daddy seat.
Honda currently has the four cars of Chip Ganassi Racing, Sam Schmidt Motorsports (two) and A.J. Foyt Racing (one or two), with Sarah Fisher Racing also expected to be confirmed soon, according to the Star. Where this leaves the announced Lotus engine, which is being built by Judd, remains unclear.