LEBANON, Tenn. (July 12, 2008) - Mario Moraes scored his second top 10 finish in as many races as the Dale Coyne Racing rookie finished an impressive tenth in the rain-shortened Firestone Indy 200 at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway Saturday...
LEBANON, Tenn. (July 12, 2008) - Mario Moraes scored his second top 10 finish in as many races as the Dale Coyne Racing rookie finished an impressive tenth in the rain-shortened Firestone Indy 200 at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway Saturday night.
Moraes, who finished a career-high seventh last week at Watkins Glen International, was 10th, which was his career best on an oval track. His previous best IndyCar® Series oval track finish was 16th place to start the season at Homestead back in March.
"I'm very happy with a 10th place finish tonight," said Moraes. "The #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q/Sunrichgourmet.com car was great all race and the team did an excellent job."
The 19-year-old Brazilian improved 10 positions during the race, which was the most of the 24-car field. This is the second time this season he has accomplished this feat. He was also the highest finishing rookie in the race.
"We were able to improve 10 positions, which shows how good we were tonight," Moraes said. "It would have been interesting to see how much higher we could have finished if the race did not end early because of rain. I really think I could have passed a few more cars."
Bruno Junqueira overcame a slow start to finish in 15th place after beginning the race in the 22nd spot. If not for the race being shortened, the 31-year-old Brazilian seemed headed towards another top ten.
"It was a good race for the #18 Z-Line Designs car tonight," said Junqueira. "The team did a fantastic job tonight giving me a fast car. I think I could have had a top 10 finish if not for the rain ending the race early. I'm looking forward to Mid-Ohio next weekend as that is my kind of track to drive on."
The race was red-flagged after 171 of 200 laps complete due to rain. The last rain-shortened race was the 2007 Indianapolis 500.