KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S PAUL TRACY 12th, MARIO MORAES 16th AFTER FIRST FULL DAY OF PRATICE FOR 2009 INDIANAPOLIS 500 SPEEDWAY, IN - - MAY 7, 2009 - - Round ...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S PAUL TRACY 12th, MARIO MORAES 16th AFTER FIRST FULL DAY OF PRATICE FOR 2009 INDIANAPOLIS 500
SPEEDWAY, IN - - MAY 7, 2009 - - Round #4 2009 IndyCar Series season - - KV Racing Technology drivers Paul Tracy and Mario Moraes were 12th and 16th respectively on the speed charts following the first full practice for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
Tracy, #15 GEICO -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, had the top speed entering today's practice at 223.089 mph following Tuesday's practice for rookies and veterans running "refresher" laps. Yesterday's practice was cancelled due to rain so today's session began at 10:30 a.m. instead of the usual 12:00 noon giving drivers additional practice time. Tracy ran 85 laps today with a fast lap of 222.671 mph. Moraes, #5 KV Racing Technology -- Votorantim Honda/Dallara/Firestone, made his first appearance of the year on the 2.5-mile Brickyard oval running 60 laps and posting a fast lap of 222.150 mph. A total of 32 competitors practiced today.
"We had a good day with the GEICO -- KV Racing Technology car," Tracy said. "We ran a lot of laps in traffic with a lot of race level downforce. Our objective today wasn't to try to be the fastest, but to work on the race setup. We are inside the top-12 in race trim, which is great because it looked like most of the teams were working on their qualifying setups. So from that standpoint I am happy with how the way the day went. However, we are not where we feel we should be for qualifying, so our goal tomorrow will be to start trimming the car out and get ready for qualifying."
Commenting on his day Moraes said, "Today was good. We were not worried about trying to get a qualifying setup, it was more important to get comfortable with the KV Racing Technology -- Votorantim car again at these speeds. Tomorrow we are going to concentrate on our qualifying setup for Saturday."
Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car Series champion, is tied for seventh on the all-time career wins list. The native of Canada will be contesting his sixth Indy 500, his third IndyCar event and his first race with KVRT. In five previous races at the IMS he has a best qualifying effort of seventh in 1993. His best finish is a controversial runner-up performance in 2002.
Moraes is making just his second appearance at the Brickyard, 12th on an oval and participating in just his 20th IndyCar event. The 20-year-old Brazilian, the second youngest in the series, made his IMS debut last year qualifying 28th and finishing 18th. In 11 previous oval events, Moraes has a best finish of 10th last year in Nashville (career best finish is seventh on the Watkins Glen road course also in 2008).
KV Racing Technology will test again tomorrow in preparation for this weekend's 2009 Indianapolis 500 qualifying.