KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S MARIO MORAES 14TH, PAUL TRACY 17th ON FINAL DAY OF PRACTICE BEFORE POLE DAY
SPEEDWAY, IN - - MAY 8, 2009 - - Round #4 2009 IndyCar Series season - - KV Racing Technology drivers Mario Moraes and Paul Tracy were 14th and 17th respectively on the speed charts following the final day of practice before tomorrow's pole day qualifying for the 2009 Indianapolis 500, May 24, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
Moraes, #5 KV Racing Technology -- Votorantim Honda/Dallara/Firestone, ran 32 laps today posting a fast lap of 223.575 mph while Tracy, #15 GEICO -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, made 30 circuits around the 2.5-mile Brickyard oval recording a quick lap of 223.372 mph.
"Today we worked on the KV Racing Technology -- Votorantim car for qualifying," said Moraes. "We were able to do some good runs, the car felt stable and I think we found some speed for qualifying. Tomorrow we will make a few extra changes and hopefully we qualify in the top-11."
Tracy said, "Today was okay for the GEICO -- KV Racing Technology team. We began trimming the car out, but we're still not completely there. We spent today running laps on our own working on the qualifying setup. I don't think we were as fast as we need to be for qualifying, but we are not totally trimmed out yet. We were just outside the top-12 on our own today, without drafting, so I think we can still reach our goal of qualifying on the first day in the top-11."
Moraes will be trying to qualify for his second Indianapolis 500 and just his 12th oval race. The 20-year-old Brazilian, the second youngest driver in the series, made his IMS debut last year qualifying 28th and finishing 18th. In 11 previous oval events, Moraes has a best finish of 10th last year in Nashville (career best finish is seventh on the Watkins Glen road course also in 2008).
Tracy, a native of Canada will be attempting to qualify for his sixth Indy 500. In five previous races at the IMS he has a best qualifying effort of seventh in 1993. His best finish is a controversial runner-up performance in 2002.