St. Pete: KV Racing Friday report

KV RACING TECHNOLOGY 17th AFTER FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE FOR HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG ST. PETERSBURG, FL - - APRIL 3, 2009 - - Round ...

KV RACING TECHNOLOGY 17th AFTER FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE FOR HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - - APRIL 3, 2009 - - Round #1 2009 IndyCar Series season - -

KV Racing Technology driver Mario Moraes was 17th on the combined speed report following the first day of practice for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Moraes, #5 KV Racing Technology - Votorantim Honda/Dallara/Firestone, making his second appearance on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit, posted a fast time of 64.7751 seconds (100.038 mph).

In the first practice, a 90-minute session run on a wet track due to morning rain, Moraes was ninth out of the 21 cars at 65.7412 seconds (98.568 mph). The second session went for 60-minutes and featured 22 cars on a dry track in the afternoon. KVRT used the session to experiment with some changes and while Moraes posted his quickest time of the day, on the 18th of the 26 laps he completed, he dropped down on the speed charts.

"We got a lot of work done today, but we obviously still have a lot more to do," Moraes said. "The KVRT -- Votorantim team will go over all the data and I am sure we will be better tomorrow."

Moraes, in his second IndyCar season and first with KVRT, qualified 22nd and finished 16th here last year in his IndyCar debut. The 20-year-old native of Sao Paulo, Brazil earned two of his three top-10 finishes during his inaugural IndyCar season on road courses placing a season high seventh at Watkins Glen and 10th at Infineon Raceway (also 10th on the oval in Nashville). Moraes had a season best 10th place starting position in 2008 on the street circuit in Edmonton.

Tomorrow will feature a split practice with the first group going out at 8:05 a.m. Moraes will be in the second group which practices 8:35 a.m. Morning practice will be followed by qualifying which is scheduled for 10:50 a.m. and will be broadcast tape delay on Versus. The race will be broadcast live, Sunday, April 5, on Versus at 2:00 p.m. ET.

-credit: kvrt

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Moraes
Teams KV Racing Technology