KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S MARIO MORAES THIRD, TOWNSEND BELL SIXTH ON FINAL DAY OF PRACTICE FOR 2009 INDIANAPOLIS 500 SPEEDWAY, IN - - MAY 17, 2009 - - Round ...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S MARIO MORAES THIRD, TOWNSEND BELL SIXTH ON FINAL DAY OF PRACTICE FOR 2009 INDIANAPOLIS 500
SPEEDWAY, IN - - MAY 17, 2009 - - Round #4 2009 IndyCar Series season - - KV Racing Technology driver's Mario Moraes and Townsend Bell were third and sixth respectively on the final day of extended practice for the 2009 Indianapolis 500, May 24th, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
With the exception of a one-hour session for all cars on Friday, May 22, Carburetion Day, this was the last practice for the driver's prior to this year's Indy 500.
Moraes, who qualified for the race last week with a four-lap average of 223.331 mph, will start seventh and lineup on the inside of Row #3. The talented Brazilian, behind the wheel of the #5 Azul Tequila -- Votorantim -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine, worked on his race setup for the fourth consecutive day running 92 laps and recording a fast speed of 222.936. Bell, #8 Herbalife -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, qualified for the race yesterday with a speed of 221.195 putting him 24th on the grid and on the outside of Row #8. The native of California also spent today working on race setups turning 46 circuits around the 2.5-mile superspeedway with a quick lap of 222.683 mph.
"KV Racing Technology has spent a lot of time working on our race setup the last few days," Moraes said. "We have run a lot of laps and worked on a lot of different things. The team has done a great job and I think we are as prepared as we can be for the race. I have a good car. It is consistent and well balanced, so I am really looking forward to next Sunday."
Bell said, "It was a good day for the KV Racing Technology team. We learned a lot out there today. The #8 Herbalife car felt very solid in race trim and the KVRT team can't wait to race on Sunday".
Joining Moraes and Bell in the field for this year's Indy 500 is teammate Paul Tracy, #15 GEICO -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, who qualified last week with an average speed of 223.111 mph. Tracy is 13th on the grid and will lineup on the inside of Row #5. This is the first time in two appearances at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that KVRT will have three cars starting the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing".