2010 IZOD INDYCAR SEASON OPENING QUALIFYING POSTPONED SAÃ• PAULO, BRAZIL - - MARCH 13, 2010 - - Round ...
2010 IZOD INDYCAR SEASON OPENING QUALIFYING POSTPONED
SAÕ PAULO, BRAZIL - - MARCH 13, 2010 - - Round #1 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season - - Qualifying for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season opening Saõ Paulo Indy 300 on the streets of Saõ Paulo, Brazil was postponed until tomorrow morning due to difficult track conditions.
Qualifying was replaced by a third practice session and by the end of the day KV Racing Technology drivers E. J. Viso, Takuma Sato and Mario Moraes were 13th, 18th and 21st on the final practice report.
Viso, #8 PDVSA -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, posted the team's fastest time with a lap of 92.2136 seconds (99.005 mph) on the 2.536-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit. Sato, #5 KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, had a quick lap of 93.0667 (98.097 mph), while Moraes, #32 Banco Panamericano -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, clocked a 93.7353 (97.398 mph).
Viso was 11th on the speed charts after the morning practice with at time of 93.3998 seconds (97.784 mph). In the afternoon practice he had a time of 95.0702 (96.030 mph) placing him 10th for the session and 11th on the combined practice report. Viso, who is in his third IndyCar season and first with KV Racing Technology, will be making his 14th start on a road/street course. In 13 previous road/street events, the 24-year-old Venezuelan has a career best finish of fourth (St. Petersburg in 2008),
"Today was an exciting day for the PDVSA -- KV Racing Technology team," said Viso. "We started from scratch on a track we have never been to before. It was a little bit crazy today especially with the conditions at the start/finish line straight. It is just so slippery and it is a challenge to be fast on the straightaway. We spent most of the day working on the setup of the car. Trying different things and comparing the data and now I think we are in a much better position for tomorrow's qualifying.
Sato was 19th on the speed charts after the morning practice with at time of 94.0127 seconds (97.110 mph). In the afternoon session he was again 19th with a time of 96.7977 (94.316 mph) placing 19th on the combined practice report. The 33-year-old from Japan, who is commonly known Taku, is making his KVRT and IZOD IndyCar Series debut here in Saõ Paulo. Sato is a veteran of seven Formula 1 seasons and had his best year in 2004 when he finished eighth in the F1 championship standings with 10 top-10 finishes including five top-five showings and one podium, a third at the USGP at Indianapolis.
"It was a busy day, but I think in the end, I am happy to say, it was a good day for us," Taku said. "We did a lot of work on the car for new circuit and tried to find the right approach for the set up. Today was another step for me and gave me some more experience with an IndyCar. It was obviously very difficult circumstances because of the track surface situation, but hopefully, we will have a good qualifying tomorrow.
Moraes, who signed with KVRT on Thursday, was 14th on the speed charts after the morning practice with at time of 93.5581 seconds (97.582 mph). In the second practice he produced the ninth fastest time of the session, 95.0701 (96.030 mph), but he ended up 14th on the combined practice report. Moraes, 21, the youngest full-time driver in IndyCar, was born and raised here in Saõ Paulo. He is in his second season with the team and is contesting his third IZOD IndyCar Series season. Moraes is making his 17th start for the team and 13th on a road/street circuit. His best career IndyCar finish is third on the oval at Chicagoland in 2009. His best road/street finish is a fourth at Sonoma, also last year.
Moraes said, "I am very happy to be back in the car for KV Racing Technology. Unfortunately my day didn't go as planned because I made a mistake in the last practice which put me in the wall. I feel bad for the crew. They have worked so hard, but I am confident they will be able to repair the car and we will be ready for qualifying tomorrow morning."