THE 2014-15 MISTIC RACING TEAM
KV Racing Technology, the reigning Indianapolis 500 champions, was founded in January 2003 and joined the IndyCar Series in 2008. The Indianapolis-based team is owned by successful venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 CART IndyCar World Series Champion Jimmy Vasser, who drove his last open-wheel race in 2008. KV Racing Technology is operating two teams during the 2014 season –KVSH Racing, a partnership between Kalkhoven, Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan, which will field a car for four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais and KV AFS Racing, a partnership between Kalkhoven, Vasser and Gary Peterson, which will field a car for Sebastian Saavedra.
This alliance between these racing veterans and Mistic Electronic Cigarette’s co-sponsorship with Hydroxycut has lead to the birth of the Mistic E Cigs Indycar Racing Team or Team Mistic.
Behind the wheel of the “Mistic Machine” is four-time Champ Car World Series champion, Sebastien Bourdais. Bourdais is the only driver in U.S.-based major open-wheel history to win four consecutive championships. Tied for second all-time with Mario Andretti and Dario Franchitti for championship wins (four), the 35-year-old Frenchman was born into a racing environment, with his father a success in touring car and sports car racing. On his 10th birthday, Bourdais received his first go-kart and his father instantly recognized that he had talent. By the age of 24, Bourdais had been victorious in every single-seater class he competed in. In 2003, his first year with Newman/Haas Racing, Bourdais finished the championship fourth with three wins. He won the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year award and became the first rookie to win the Greg Moore Legacy award. Over the next four years, Bourdais won the Champ Car World Series four straight years (2004-07) with Newman/Haas and became the first driver since Ted Horne in 1948 to win three straight Indy car titles (a feat that has since been accomplished by Dario Franchitti). He has 31 career open-wheel victories and 31 pole positions in 73 starts.
The No. 11 Mistic Machine debuted March 30 in the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, driven by Sebastien Bourdais. The Mistic Machine is powered by a 2.2-liter twin turbo-charged Chevrolet V-6 with 32-valves. With an estimated 550 to 750 horsepower, the Mistic Machine chassis was built by Dallara Automobili of Italy. The 1,500-pound car sports Firestone Firehawk tires and a chassis made of carbon fiber, Kevlar and other composites.