Indy 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway Saturday night was a copy of many races for KV Racing Technology in the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series. The results didn't equal the performance on the track. Series rookie Takuma Sato finished 18th, E.J Viso ...
Indy 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway Saturday night was a copy of many races for KV Racing Technology in the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series.
The results didn't equal the performance on the track.
Series rookie Takuma Sato finished 18th, E.J Viso placed 19th and Mario Moraes scored 27th in the series finale box score of the 17th and final round of the IndyCar tour.
But the KVRT trio showed strong speed in the 200-lap feature. However, misfortune hurt their chances for a top finish.
Sato continued his impressive oval learning curve with another solid qualifying showing (9th) and ran with oval veterans such as Dan Wheldon, Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter and Vitor Meira before a late-race contact dropped the driver of the No. 5 Lotus-KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry to 18th. The Japanese star ran in the top-ten early in the race and was hit in a three-wide battle in the last 20 laps.
Viso, seeking to repeat his Iowa podium finish, was in position to race with the leaders from his 12th starting spot. The Venezuelan driver moved into the top-five by lap 60. At one point in the race, Viso set the fastest race lap. On lap 96, Viso made his second pit stop with a chance to vault into the top-three. However, Viso's car lunged forward on the stop, causing the fuel buckeye to snap. He had to return to the pits to collect the broken piece and went down a lap to the leaders. E.J. placed 19th at the finish in the No. 8 PDVSA --KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone car.
Moraes, who suffered from back pain following a Motegi incident, fought his way into contention Saturday night in the No. 32 Terra--KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine, but the Brazilian driver was forced to park his mount when a mechanical problem halted his charge on lap 26. Moraes still managed to be the highest placing KVRT driver in the final standings at 15th.
TAKUMA SATO, #5 LOTUS - KV RACING TECHNOLOGY HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE, Finished 18th: "It was a tough day it really was. At the beginning of the race, we struggled with balance but, after some changes in my first stop, it felt better. But just lacked speed. It was an exciting race, running two or three wide but, at the end of the race, I was sandwiched between two cars and made slight contact, which dropped me back a few places. The KV Racing Technology crew was faultless in their pit stops and I want to thank them for all their hard work this season."
E.J. VISO, #8 PDVSA -- KV RACING TECHNOLOGY HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE, Finished 19th: "My PDVSA -- KV car was good tonight. It felt very good and ran with the leaders early in the race. I got confused in the pits and went early when the fuel rig was still in the car. That cost me places and laps. It is frustrating because we had a strong car. I have had a good season on the ovals, finishing a career high third in Iowa. The KV Racing crew has worked hard all season and unfortunately, we couldn't give them a good result tonight."
MARIO MORAES, #32 KV RACING TECHNOLOGY HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE, Finished 27th:
"It was a very frustrating way to end the season. I think we had a mechanical problem, the car was beginning to feel a little loose so I came into the pits. After my crew did a great job in fixing that, I got going but then the car stopped. I have been working really hard to get back into the car after my accident in Motegi. I have been having physical therapy on my back twice a day so to the end early and like this is really disappointing. I want to thank all of my KV crew for all the hard work this season and for giving me a fast car this year, it's just a shame it had to end like this."