KVRT'S PAUL TRACY FINISHES SEVENTH IN HONDA INDY 200
LEXINGTON, OH - - AUGUST 9, 2009 - - Round #13 2009 IndyCar Series season - - KV Racing Technology driver Paul Tracy finished seventh today in the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Tracy, substituting for Mario Moraes whose father passed away on Wednesday, started 10th in the #5 Azul -- Votorantim -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry. Driving a smart, patient race he moved into ninth place on lap two where he remained through his first pit stop. Taking advantage of other competitor's mistakes, Tracy moved into seventh place on lap 42 where he remained until the end of the 85-lap contest.
"First of all I want to thank Mario (Moraes)," Tracy said. "This was a good result and it is for him and his family. It was a good race for the Azul -- Votorantim -- KVRT team and I want to thank the team for all their hard work. The car wasn't super quick and it wasn't slow. It was just a good solid race and we earned solid points. Hopefully we moved the team up the pit lane a little bit."
Tracy made his 12th appearance on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course today. It was his eighth career IndyCar start and sixth of the 2009 season, five of those coming with KVRT. Tracy has now finished in the top-10 nine times with five top-three showings including a win (2003) at Mid-Ohio. Today's finish is his fifth career IndyCar top-10 showing including two top-five performances, a career high second at the 2002 Indy 500 and a fourth at Edmonton in 2008. Three of his five top-10 finishes have come this year with KVRT including consecutive top-10 finishes at Edmonton, season high sixth, and here at Mid-Ohio.
This was KVRT's sixth top-10 finish of the season and the fourth time in four starts that the team has finished in the top-10 at Mid-Ohio (best showing a fourth by Will Power last year).
Next up for KVRT is the Infineon Indy Grand Prix, August 21-23, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.