INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Kalkhoven, the group co-owner of Tony Kanaan‘s Indianapolis 500-successful entry in 2013, died Tuesday. He was 77.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway declared Kalkhoven’s dying and did not detail a trigger.
Kalkhoven was co-proprietor with Jimmy Vasser of the KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet that Kanaan drove to an psychological victory.
Kalkhoven also played a major part in the reunification of North American open-wheel racing.
“Motorsports has missing a person of its real leaders,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske explained. “Kevin Kalkhoven had a good passion for open up-wheel racing, and his vision and guidance helped guide the sport by means of some turbulent occasions.”
Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp., claimed he met Kalkoven in 2013.
“In a lot of ways, successful that year’s Indianapolis 500 with Tony Kanaan will have to have been the highlight of his racing existence. I am positive he didn’t come back again down to Earth for lots of months,” Miles explained.
Kalkhoven fielded a team that earned 7 victories between 2003 and 2016 in the Champ Automobile Environment Series and the NTT IndyCar collection.
Kalkhoven, a indigenous of Adelaide, Australia, joined Gerald Forsythe and Paul Gentilozzi to order the assets of the CART open up-wheel racing collection in 2003 and kind the Champ Motor vehicle Entire world Collection.
In February 2008, Kalkhoven and then-IndyCar collection and Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George concluded extensive negotiations that reunified North American open-wheel racing immediately after 12 yrs of two competing sequence.