TRACY SIXTH AFTER FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE FOR HONDA INDY 200 LEXINGTON, OH - - AUGUST 7, 2009 - - Round ...
TRACY SIXTH AFTER FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE FOR HONDA INDY 200
LEXINGTON, OH - - AUGUST 7, 2009 - - Round #13 2009 IndyCar Series season - - KV Racing Technology driver Paul Tracy, substituting for Mario Moraes who remains in Brazil following the passing of his father, was sixth on the speed charts after the first day of practice for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Tracy, #5 Azul -- Votorantim -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, making his 12th appearance on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course and fifth for KVRT, posted a fast lap of 69.1094 seconds (117.622 mph) during the 90-minute practice.
"First of all, my heart goes out to the entire Moraes family for their loss. I want to thank Mario and KV Racing Technology for this opportunity. This is not the way any driver wants to get back in the car, but I am going to use this opportunity to dedicate the weekend to the Moraes family.
"I'm really happy with the way the day went for the Azul -- Votorantim -- KVRT team. I haven't driven here since 2003, but the track came back to me right away and the team did a great job. I just hope Mario and his family are doing well. The entire team is here to do the best we can and hopefully get a great result this weekend for him and his family."
Tracy will be contesting his eighth career IndyCar Series event, albeit over three seasons, and sixth of the 2009 season. In 11 previous starts at Mid-Ohio, he has finished in the top-five seven times including five podiums with one win and one pole. In five IndyCar starts this year, four with KVRT, he has two top-10 finishes including a season high sixth two weeks ago at Edmonton.
In two previous races, three starts, at Mid-Ohio KVRT has qualified in the top-10 once (eighth by Oriol Servia in 2008). They have finished in the top-10 all three times with two top-five showings and a best finish of fourth by Will Power in 2006. Last year, in its inaugural IndyCar season, the team had one of its best performances with Power placing fourth and Servia fifth.
Tomorrow will feature a practice from 9:30 -- 10:30 a.m. with qualifying scheduled for 12:30 -- 2:00 p.m. The Honda Indy 200 will be broadcast live on Versus at 1:45 p.m. ET