Toronto: KV Racing Friday report



TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - - JULY 10, 2009 - - Round #10 2009 IndyCar Series season - - KV Racing Technology drivers Paul Tracy and Mario Moraes were 13th and 16th respectively on the speed charts following the first day of practice for the Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Tracy, #15 Ontario Honda Dealers -- Wounded -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, is competing on the 1.75-mile,11-turn temporary street circuit for the 17th time. The native of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, just outside of Toronto, who is racing in his hometown for the first time since 2007, started the day strong recording the fifth fastest lap of the 90-minute morning practice with a time of 62.3930 seconds (101.261 mph). KVRT spent the afternoon practice working on race setups and although Tracy ran marginally faster, 62.3653 seconds (101.306 mph) he dropped back eight places.

"The Ontario Honda Dealers -- Wounded -- KV Racing Technology team had a good test day today," Tracy said. "We had a very good morning practice. We were in the top-five most of the session and the car felt really good. It was nice to be back on a track that I know and racing in front of my hometown fans. In the afternoon we tried a few things for the race setup that didn't work for the car, so we lost our way a little bit. But, that was what the practice session was for. We have another practice tomorrow morning to get ready for qualifying and I am confident that we can be back in the top-five."

Moraes, who is making his first appearance in Toronto, was 15th on the speed charts in the morning session with a fastest lap of 63.0293 seconds (100.239 mph). During the afternoon practice, the native of Brazil, in the #5 Azul -- Votorantim -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine, he improved his time by over .4 of a second logging a fast lap of 62.6133 seconds (100.905 mph).

"For my first time on the Toronto track I think the KV Racing Technology team had a good day," Moraes said. "I learned a lot about the track and the car felt good. Unfortunately, I had some back luck at the end of the session. We had just put on new tires and I was going to go out and try and put a fast lap together, but the yellow flag came out. We have another practice tomorrow and I think after that we will be ready to have a good qualifying session."

Tracy is contesting the second of three consecutive races for KVRT. He will be making his 268th career start, sixth in the IndyCar Series, fourth of the 2009 season and third with KVRT. In 16 previous starts in Toronto he has earned one pole and finished on the podium five times with two wins (1993 and 2003). Tracy previously drove for KVRT at Watkins Glen last week, finishing 19th, and at this year's Indy 500, finishing ninth. He will also race for the team at Edmonton, July 24-26. His other IndyCar starts came at this year's Milwaukee race for A.J. Foyt Racing, placed 17th, at Indy in 2002, finished second and at Edmonton last year finished fourth.

Moraes, 20, the second youngest driver in the series, is in his second IndyCar season and first with KVRT. He will be making his 26th career IndyCar start and 10th on a road/street course this weekend. Since joining KVRT for the 2009 season, Moraes has earned career high finishes on five of the nine tracks this season, had two top-10 showings (only three all last season) and earned his career best oval finish placing ninth at Milwaukee. His IndyCar career best finish is seventh at Watkins Glen in 2008. Moraes has qualified in the top-seven in five of the eight races (Iowa qualifying cancelled) this year, twice in the top-five, including an IndyCar career high fourth at Watkins Glen and an oval career high fifth at Milwaukee, after earning just one top-10 qualifying spot last year. He is currently16th in the standings with 138 points.

KVRT will be contesting its sixth race in Toronto. In five previous races, nine starts, the team has qualified in the top-10 four times with one top-five starting spot, fifth by Oriol Servia in 2006. They have finished in the top-10 three times all three times in the top-five and twice on the podium (Neel Jani, second in 2007; Jimmy Vasser, second in 2004; and fourth in 2005).

Tomorrow will feature a split practice. Both Tracy and Moraes go out with the first group at 9:40 a.m. Morning practice will be followed by qualifying which is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. The Honda Indy Toronto will be broadcast live on ABC at 1:00 p.m. ET.

-credit: kvrt

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Neel Jani , A.J. Foyt
Teams KV Racing Technology