St. Pete: KV Racing race report

DAMAGED SUSPENSION ENDS PROMISING PERFORMANCE BY KV RACING TECHNOLOGY AT HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- APRIL 5, 2009 -- Round ...

DAMAGED SUSPENSION ENDS PROMISING PERFORMANCE BY KV RACING TECHNOLOGY AT HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- APRIL 5, 2009 -- Round #1, 2009 IndyCar Series season -- Damaged suspension ended what was shaping up as a promising performance for KV Racing Technology and driver Mario Moraes today at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Moraes, #5 KV Racing Technology - Votorantim Honda/Dallara/Firestone, making his second appearance on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit, started 20th. He was driving a solid race and was positioned to move into the top-six based on a tactically sound race strategy devised by the team. However, on lap 32, Moraes, who got as high as 12th, was running in 17th place following his second pit stop when Hideki Mutoh hit him in the right rear breaking the suspension and ending his day. Moraes finished 21st.

"It is really too bad. KV Racing Technology worked very hard to get the car right for the race and we had a really good strategy. I honestly think we could have finished well inside the top-10 today."

Moraes, 20, is in his second IndyCar season and first with KVRT. He made his 17th career IndyCar start, first with the team and eighth on a road/street circuit in a U.S. based open-wheel series (seven in IndyCar and the Champ Car event in Long Beach last year). Moraes, a native of Brazil, made his IndyCar debut in St. Petersburg last year qualifying 22nd and finishing 16th. Two of his three career top-10 finishes have come on road/street circuits including a career high seventh at Watkins Glen in 2008.

Next up for KV Racing Technology is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 17-19, on the streets of Long Beach, California. The Long Beach event is Round #2 of the 2009 IndyCar Series season. It will be televised live on Versus at 3:30 p.m. ET.

-credit: kvrt

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Moraes , Hideki Mutoh
Teams KV Racing Technology