KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S MARIO MORAES QUALIFIES 20TH FOR HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- APRIL 4, 2009 -- Round ...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S MARIO MORAES QUALIFIES 20TH FOR HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG
ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- APRIL 4, 2009 -- Round #1, 2009 IndyCar Series season -- KV Racing Technology's Mario Moraes qualified 20th for tomorrow's 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 63.4520 seconds (102.124 mph). He will grid on the outside of Row #10.
"The KV Racing Technology -- Votorantim car was improved a lot from the morning practice. In qualifying, I ran into traffic on my fastest lap and was unable to get back to power quick enough so we didn't qualify where we would have liked," Moraes said. "I just want to thank everyone at KVRT for all their hard work. Fortunately for me, I have a good race strategist in Mark Johnson and an outstanding pit crew, so I am confident that we can do better in tomorrow's race."
Moraes was 17th on the speed charts after yesterday's twin practices with a time of 64.7751 seconds (100.038 mph). In this morning's practice, which was run in two groups, he went out with the second group and ran the 19th fastest lap of his session, 64.5309 seconds (100.417 mph)
Moraes ran again in Group #2 in Round #1 of qualifying. He did two stints, the first of six timed laps on the primary or "black" tire and the second of seven timed laps on the alternate "red" tire, which is softer and faster, but less durable. He recorded his fast lap, which was also his fastest of the weekend on his last timed lap.
Moraes, 20, who is in his second IndyCar season and first with KVRT, will be making his 17th career IndyCar start, second in St. Petersburg and first with KVRT tomorrow. Today's 20th place qualifying position is his highest at St. Petersburg. Last year, in his IndyCar debut, Moraes qualified 22nd and finished 16th. Moraes' career best qualifying position is ninth at Long Beach last year. His best IndyCar start is 10th on the street circuit in Edmonton also last year. The native of Brazil has earned two of his three career top-10 finishes on road courses (career high seventh at Watkins Glen and 10th at Infineon Raceway last year).