Indy 500: KV Racing month of May preview

KV RACING TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE SECOND APPEARANCE AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MAY 4, 2009 - - KV Racing Technology will make its second appearance at the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana beginning...

KV RACING TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE SECOND APPEARANCE AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MAY 4, 2009 - - KV Racing Technology will make its second appearance at the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana beginning tomorrow when Paul Tracy takes to the track for the first time since 2002 for a "refresher" course.

The 2009 Indianapolis 500, May 24, marks the opening of the Centennial Era for the Speedway and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the facility. The 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will be in 2011.

Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series champion, is one of the most successful and exciting drivers in the history of open-wheel racing. The native of Canada will be sponsored by GEICO Insurance and pilot the #15 GEICO -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry. He will team with Mario Moraes, #5 KV Racing Technology -- Votorantim Honda/Dallara/Firestone, in a two-car effort for KVRT.

Tracy will be contesting his sixth Indy 500 and first since 2002 when he was the runner-up. In five previous races at the Brickyard he has a best qualifying effort of seventh in 1993. The talented Canadian will be making his 2009 IndyCar Series debut as he attempts to qualify for just his third IndyCar race, albeit over three different seasons. In addition to the 2002 Indy 500, Tracy ran the IndyCar Series event at Edmonton last year qualifying 15th and finishing fourth.

"For me, the only reason I want to race in the Indianapolis 500 is to win. It's not to go there to qualify and make the field and have a good day," Tracy said. "I want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven, Jimmy Vasser and my sponsor GEICO for giving me this opportunity. Obviously KVRT is a good team, they've got competitive cars and I've worked with a lot of the guys on the team, the mechanics and engineers, in the past. Quite a few of them were on the crew when I won the championship in 2003, so it should make the transition and getting up to speed fairly easy."

Moraes had a solid tune-up for this year's Indy 500 a little over a week ago in Kansas. The 20-year-old Brazilian, who made just his 19th career IndyCar start and 11th on an oval, qualified a career-high sixth and finish 11th, his second highest finish on an oval. He completed all 200 laps in Kansas and now sits 19th in the championship standings with 43 points. Moraes, the second youngest driver in the IndyCar series, is in his second IndyCar season and first with KVRT. He will be making his second appearance at the Speedway starting on Wednesday, May 6 with the other veterans. Last year, Moraes qualified 28th, ran a solid race and was running at the finish completing 194 of the 200 laps, to place 18th in his baptism at Indy.

"I am excited about going back to Indianapolis for the 500," Moraes said. "The Indy 500 is a special race. There is nothing else like it. Last year was my first Indy 500 and first 500-mile race so it was all new and there was a lot to learn. This year, I have a car that is fast and a very experienced team to support me, so I am confident that we can have a competitive race."

The 2009 Indianapolis 500, May 24, is Round #4 of the 2009 IndyCar Series season. It will be televised live on ABC at noon ET.

-credit: kvrt

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Kevin Kalkhoven , Mario Moraes
Teams KV Racing Technology