KV RACING TECHNOLOGY BRINGS 3-CAR EFFORT TO HOMESTEAD FOR IZOD INDYCAR SERIES FINALE Sato, Viso & Moraes Set To Finish On Strong Note HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2010) -- KV Racing Technology drivers Takuma Sato , E.J. Viso and Mario...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY BRINGS 3-CAR EFFORT TO HOMESTEAD FOR IZOD INDYCAR SERIES FINALE
Sato, Viso & Moraes Set To Finish On Strong Note
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2010) -- KV Racing Technology drivers Takuma Sato , E.J. Viso and Mario Moraes have their sights set on finishing on a strong note this Saturday night (Oct. 2) in the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series finale, the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300, at Homestead Miami Speedway.
The three-driver contingent has experienced an "up and down" 2010 season but the KVRT pilots have produced many impressive performances on the high-speed oval tracks.
With team co-owner and former series champion Jimmy Vasser, a multi-time oval race winner, serving as a mentor, Sato learned quickly the tough craft of oval racing in his No. 5 Lotus--KVRT Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry. Never competing on an oval until the Kansas event in May, the former Formula One veteran adapted to the high-banked oval with a top-five run before being taken out with 20 laps remaining. In five oval events, Sato qualified in the top-11 and was very competitive at Indy, Iowa and Chicagoland. In fact, the Japan native ran with the leaders in third at Iowa.
Sato comes off a 12th place finish at Motegi, Japan two weeks ago as the top finishing Japanese driver in the field.
Viso, who recorded his career-best third place at Iowa Speedway this year, recorded a solid eighth spot in Motegi qualifying and has been a charger on the ovals at Kansas, Texas, Iowa and Kentucky. The 25-year-old Venezuelan has passed more than 40 cars this season on ovals.
Viso, driving the No. 8 PDVSA--KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine, is a Miami resident and a crowd favorite annually at Homestead. The personable racer is expecting a strong performance Saturday in front of many friends and family.
Moraes, KVRT's top point performer this year, was battling for a position in the top-ten standings for most of the season. In his last three races, Moraes has charged into the lead pack including running third at Chicagoland. Moraes, the youngest series regular at age 21, drove his KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone car to seventh last year at Homestead.
Moraes, working with general manager Mark Johnson and engineer Iain Watt on race strategy, has turned in several excellent efforts at the oval tracks this year.
TAKUMA SATO, #5 LOTUS - KV RACING TECHNOLOGY HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE: "We had a very successful weekend in Japan though it started with some difficulty. The result doesn't explain everything but my team worked extremely well together. So I have great confidence in them going to Homestead for the final race of the season in good shape."
E.J. VISO, #8 PDVSA -- KV RACING TECHNOLOGY HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE: "I am looking forward to returning to Homestead for the final race of the season. This is an important race for me as I live in Miami and will have sponsors there too. So, of course, you want to do well. We hope to have a fast car. I had my best qualifying, eighth, at Motegi two weeks ago, so I am hoping I can repeat that this week and end the season with a top-5 finish."
MARIO MORAES, #32 KV RACING TECHNOLOGY HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE: "Homestead always brings back memories for me. This was the first oval I ever competed on and I remember at the time thinking to myself 'what am I doing here'. Now when I look back on it, I have grown to like them a lot. I have had my best finishes on ovals, third at Chicagoland last year. This year hasn't been an easy one, but I want to thank KV Racing Technology for all their hard work and for always giving me a good car. I hope we can finish this race and the season with a good result."