Ft. Worth, Texas (June 6, 2008) - Dale Coyne Racing rookie driver Mario Moraes put together a solid four-lap qualifying average speed of 210.254 mph Friday afternoon and will start 22nd in Saturday's running of the Bombardier Learjet 550 at the ...
Ft. Worth, Texas (June 6, 2008) - Dale Coyne Racing rookie driver Mario Moraes put together a solid four-lap qualifying average speed of 210.254 mph Friday afternoon and will start 22nd in Saturday's running of the Bombardier Learjet 550 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Moraes's speed increasingly kept getting faster on each of his four laps.
"For my first time on this track I thought I did a good job," said 19-year-old Moraes. "My lap times kept getting faster and we were quick in the two practice sessions. I think that the #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q car should do well in the race tomorrow night."
The one-and-a-half mile Texas Motor Speedway is the highest banked (24 degrees) track that the IndyCar® Series runs on this year.
"Mario has learned quickly at this very unique track," commented team owner Dale Coyne. "This place offers a whole different experience than Mario has ever seen before. And to out qualify some seasoned drivers was an excellent job today."
Moraes has completed 80% of the possible laps run this year, which is 15th best after six races. He is tied in fourth place for most races running at the finish and is one of only two rookies that can claim that honor.
Bruno Junqueira (#18 Z-Line Designs) ran as high as 18th in the early practice sessions struggled to find the right qualifying set up. The 31-year-old veteran will start 26th Saturday night.
"It doesn't matter where you start the race all that matters is where you finish it," said Junqueira. "We just couldn't get the right qualifying setup on the car today, but I'm very confident that the team will give me a fast car for the race."