KV Racing Technology announced Tuesday that Tomas Scheckter will drive its No. 07 Team REDLINE Xtreme car, entered under a partnership with the SH Racing group, in this year's Indianapolis 500.
“Scheckter embodies everything we were looking for in a pilot for the Team REDLINE Xtreme entry,” said SH Racing Principal James Sullivan. “Scheckter and our organization have gelled from day one and I could not be more pleased to have him in the seat."
Commenting on its relationship with SH Racing and the choice of Scheckter, KVRT co-owner Jimmy Vasser said, “KVRT general manager Mark Johnson and I talked extensively about the possible candidates to drive the Team REDLINE Xtreme machine and I am very excited that we all agreed that Tomas was the right driver.”
Scheckter, 30, will be making his 10th Indy 500 start. In nine previous races at the Brickyard, Scheckter has a best finish of fourth in 2003 while driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing (although, as a rookie in '02, he led 85 laps and was leading the race as late as lap 173 before crashing out.
"I am jacked to announce that I will be driving the REDLINE Xtreme machine for the Indy 500,” said Scheckter. “I had been speaking with SH Racing for about six months, and when I found out they were partnered with KV Racing Technology, I knew this was the complete package. I can't wait to get plugged in with the whole KVRT-SH crew and am ready to get the No. 07 Team REDLINE Xtreme Machine on track.”
KV now has four cars entered at Indy. In addition to Scheckter, KV Racing Technology-Lotus will field cars for Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato and E.J. Viso.