RAIN CANCELS SECOND DAY OF PRACTICE AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY SPEEDWAY, IN - - MAY 6, 2009 - - Round ...
RAIN CANCELS SECOND DAY OF PRACTICE AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
SPEEDWAY, IN - - MAY 6, 2009 - - Round #4 2009 IndyCar Series season - - Paul Tracy's top speed of 223.089 mph in the #15 GEICO -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine held up for a another day as rain washed out the second day of practice and first day when all cars were scheduled to run in preparation for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
Commenting on the rainout Tracy, who ran a "refresher" course for veterans during rookie orientation yesterday, said, "Well, the GEICO - KV Racing Technology team has the fastest car for the first two days of this year's Indy 500. Seriously, it is always important to get track time here at the Speedway, but we were fortunate enough to be able to run some laps yesterday. With the rain today and more predicted for tomorrow, I think having run yesterday could give us a little advantage over the competition heading into qualifying weekend."
Teammate Mario Moraes, #5 KV Racing Technology -- Votorantim Honda/Dallara/Firestone, who was scheduled to take to the track for his first day of practice today said, "I am a little disappointed that I could not get out for practice today. After seeing how good the KV Racing Technology car was yesterday with Paul (Tracy), I am excited to get back in and run some laps to get ready for qualifying on Saturday."
Tracy will be contesting his sixth Indy 500 and just his third IndyCar event. In five previous races at the IMS, the native of Canada has a best qualifying effort of seventh in 1993. His best finish is the runner-up performance in 2002 when track officials ruled that a pass by Tracy on Helio Castroneves during the closing laps of the race occurred after the yellow light came on thus nullifying what would have been a winning move.
Moraes will be making just his second appearance at the Brickyard. The 20-year-old Brazilian made his IMS debut last year qualifying 28th and finish 18th.
KV Racing Technology will attempt to test tomorrow in preparing for the next weekend's 2009 Indianapolis 500 qualifying.