KV RACING TECHNOLOGY EIGHTH AND 10TH AFTER FIRST DA OF PRACTICE FOR REXALL EDMONTON INDY EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA - - JULY 24, 2009 - - Round ...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY EIGHTH AND 10TH AFTER FIRST DA OF PRACTICE FOR REXALL EDMONTON INDY
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA - - JULY 24, 2009 - - Round #11 2009 IndyCar Series season - - KV Racing Technology drivers Mario Moraes and Paul Tracy were eighth and 10th respectively on the combined speed charts following the first day of practice for the Rexall Edmonton Indy on the City Center Airport temporary street circuit in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Moraes, who is making his second appearance on the 1.96-mile, 14-turn airport runway circuit, had a solid first practice recording the eighth fastest time with a lap of 63.1577 seconds (112.461 mph). In the second session the native of Brazil, in the #5 Azul -- Votorantim -- KV Racing Technology machine, improved his time by more than .4 of a second to 62.7299 seconds (113.228 mph) good for eighth in the session and eighth on the combined report.
"The KV Racing Technology team had a good day of practice. The car was good we just had some under steer problems. We will work on that tonight and I think we will be able to qualify in the top-six tomorrow."
Tracy, #15 Edmonton Honda Dealers -- Wounded Warriors.ca -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, is making his fifth appearance in Edmonton and contesting the third of three consecutive races for KVRT. The native of Canada started the day strong, running in the top two for most of the first practice before stopping early and slipping to fifth with a time of 62.8520 seconds (113.008 mph). In the second session, Tracy spent the first half of the 60-minute practice in the top three. During the last 30 minutes the team experimented with a change that didn't work out and Tracy ended up 10th on both the session and combined speed charts with a time of 62.8293 second (113.049 mph).
"The Edmonton Honda Dealers -- Wounded Warriors.ca -- KV Racing Technology team had a pretty good day. We didn't end up where I think the car is capable of being, but we were in the top five for the first session and most of the second. We made a few changes in the second half of the last practice, which didn't work out, but it was too late to reverse them. Tonight we will get the car back to the how it was and then I think we have a car capable of qualifying in the top-five."
Moraes, 20, the second youngest driver in the series, is in his second IndyCar season and first with KVRT. He is coming off a solid, if frustrating performance two weeks ago in Toronto where he was running as high as fifth, but an incident late in the contest forced him to pit and dropped him to 11th. Moraes will be making his 27th career IndyCar start and 11th on a road/street course this weekend. Last year, he had the best qualifying effort of his rookie IndyCar season starting 10th in his Edmonton debut. Since joining KVRT for the 2009 season, Moraes has qualified in the top-seven in five of the nine races (Iowa qualifying cancelled) this year, twice in the top-five, including an IndyCar career high fourth at Watkins Glen and an oval career high fifth at Milwaukee, after earning just the one top-10 qualifying spot all last year. Moraes has earned career high finishes on six of the 10 tracks this season, had two top-10 showings (three all last season) and earned his career best oval finish placing ninth at Milwaukee. His IndyCar career best finish is seventh at Watkins Glen in 2008. Moraes is 16th in the standings with 157 points.
Tracy is coming off a spectacular, if disappointing, performance in Toronto. Starting 15th he was running third, but had an incident with Helio Castroneves which ended his day in 19th place. Tracy, 40, will be making his 269th career start, seventh in IndyCar, fifth of the 2009 season and fourth with KVRT. In four previous starts in Edmonton he has finished in the top-five all four times with a best showing of third in 2005. Last year, after a three month layoff, Tracy "came off the couch" to compete in Edmonton and finished fourth. In addition to Toronto, Tracy has also driven for KVRT this year at Watkins Glen, running as high as ninth before spinning and finishing 19th, and the Indy 500, finished ninth. His other IndyCar starts were at Milwaukee for A.J. Foyt Racing this year, placed 17th, at Indy in 2002, finished second and at Edmonton last year.
KVRT will be contesting its fifth race in Edmonton. In four previous races, eight starts, the team has qualified in the top-10 six times with five top-five starting spots and a best starting position of third by Oriol Servia in 2008. They have finished in the top-10 three times with two top-five showings and a best finish of fourth by Servia in 2006.
Tomorrow will feature a split practice. Tracy will go out with the first group at 9:45 a.m. while Moraes will be in the second at 10:15 a.m. Qualifying is set for 3:20 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Versus.