KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S MARIO MORAES QUALIFIES SIXTH FOR BOMBARDIER LEARJET 550K FT. WORTH, TX - - JUNE 5, 2009 - - Round ...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S MARIO MORAES QUALIFIES SIXTH FOR BOMBARDIER LEARJET 550K
FT. WORTH, TX - - JUNE 5, 2009 - - Round #6 2009 IndyCar Series season - - KV Racing Technology's Mario Moraes had his fourth consecutive strong qualifying performance and will start sixth in tomorrow's Bombardier Learjet 550K at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX.
Moraes, making his second appearance on the 1.5-mile high-banked tri-oval, posted a four-lap average of 213.717 mph. The talented Brazilian will grid the #5 Azul -- Votorantim - KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine on the outside of Row #3.
"The KV Racing Technology team has worked really hard on the #5 car for the ovals and I think the hard work has really paid off in our last four qualifying attempts," Moraes said. "We spent yesterday working on our race setup. Today in practice we concentrated on the qualifying setup. We had a good qualifying run today and I think we will have a good car for the race tomorrow."
Moraes started the day 19th on the speed charts following yesterday's practice with a speed of 211.989 mph. In today's split practice he ran with the second group and posted the fifth fastest lap, 213.981 mph, when the times of both groups were combined. For qualifying, Moraes went out 15th of the 24 cars making an attempt and ran four consistent laps that varied by only .12 seconds between the fastest and slowest lap.
This is Moraes' best starting position at Texas in two attempts. He finished 18th in his Texas debut last year. Moraes has now qualified in the top-seven in his last four races, all on ovals; including an IndyCar career high fifth in Milwaukee. He is currently 17th in the standings with 75 points. His best finish this season is ninth, an oval career high, also in Milwaukee.
Moraes, in his second IndyCar season and first with KVRT, will be making just his 14th oval start. Prior to joining KVRT, he had never qualified higher than 10th on any circuit and never higher than 20th on an oval. His best IndyCar finish is seventh on the Watkins Glen road course last year.