KV RACING TECHNOLOGY READY TO CONTEST 2009 INDIANAPOLIS 500 INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MAY 22, 2009 - - The drivers are ready, the cars are ready, the crews are ready...KV Racing Technology is ready to contest the 2009 Indianapolis 500, May 24, at...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY READY TO CONTEST 2009 INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MAY 22, 2009 - - The drivers are ready, the cars are ready, the crews are ready...KV Racing Technology is ready to contest the 2009 Indianapolis 500, May 24, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
For the first time in just two appearances on the 2.5-mile superspeedway oval, KVRT has qualified three cars for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Mario Moraes qualified seventh with a four-lap average speed of 223.331 mph and will start on the inside of Row #3. The talented Brazilian, in the #5 Azul -- Votorantim -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry, will be contesting his second Indy 500 and 12th race on an oval. Moraes made his IMS debut last year qualifying 28th and finishing 18th. In 11 previous oval events, Moraes has a best starting spot of sixth (career high) last month in Kansas (finished 11th). His best oval finish is 10th last year in Nashville (career best finish seventh at Watkins Glen in 2008). Moraes is currently 19th in the championship standings with 43 points.
I think the KV Racing Technology team has done a great job the whole month," Moraes said. "We have a really good, solid car for the race and I think we have a good chance of finishing in the top-10 and even being able to fight for the win. I need to be focused and patient for the whole race, we cannot win the race on the first lap".
Paul Tracy qualified the #15 GEICO -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine 13th with a speed of 223.111 mph and will start on the inside of Row #5. The native of Canada and 2003 Champ Car Series champion will be making his sixth appearance at IMS and first since his controversial runner-up finish in 2002. In five previous Indy 500's, Tracy has a best qualifying position of seventh in 1993 (13th is his second best). Tracy, in his 19th open-wheel season, is in the top-10 in just about every open-wheel career statistical category. The resident of Las Vegas, who will be making his 265th career open-wheel start (seventh all-time) on Sunday, has 31 career victories (tied for seventh all-time), but has never won the Indy 500.
Tracy said, "I am ready to go; I think the GEICO - KV Racing Technology team is ready to go. We have great sponsors, great teammates and we are positioned well, so I feel we have a great opportunity to get a really good finish or win here and that's what we are going to try and do".
Townsend Bell, #8 Herbalife -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, qualified 24th with a speed of 221.195 and will lineup on the outside of Row #8. The California native will be making his third appearance at the Speedway. He made his debut here in 2006 starting 15th and finishing 22nd and returned in 2008 qualifying 12th and finishing 10th. Bell has made 30 career open-wheel starts over six seasons, 19 of them coming in the IndyCar Series. His best finish is fourth at Portland in 2002 driving in the Champ Car World Series. Bell's best IndyCar finish, and oval performance, is fifth at Nashville in 2004.
"I think the Herbalife -- KV Racing Technology team just needs to keep their heads down, put one foot in front of the other," commented Bell. "We will need to be reasonably aggressive at the start to make sure we don't go a lap down early. If we can pick off a few spots and settle comfortably in the middle of the pack that would be a nice start. The key is to just make smart decisions all day, be there at the end and get ready to race the last 20 laps".