TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - JULY 8, 2009 -- Round ...
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - JULY 8, 2009 -- Round #10, 2009 IndyCar Series season - KV Racing Technology drivers Paul Tracy and Mario Moraes will both be looking to have strong performances this weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto, July 10-12, on the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Tracy, #15 Ontario Honda Dealers - Wounded Warriors.ca - KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, returns to compete in his hometown for the first time since 2007. The native of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, just outside of Toronto, will be making his 17th start on the 1.75-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit and the second of three consecutive starts for KVRT this weekend. Last weekend at Watkins Glen, a tune-up for this event, Tracy was headed for a top-10 finish when he spun off and damaged his car.
"I am excited to be racing in my hometown again," Tracy said. "Racing in Canada has always been very important to me. I really appreciate all the fan support I get here and to be able to race in support of Wounded Warriors.ca is an honor. I want to thank the Ontario Honda Dealers, Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser for this opportunity. Last weekend's race in Watkins Glen didn't go the way we wanted, but it gave me a chance to get back in the car and I think that will help a lot this weekend. KVRT is a very strong team, and under the leadership of Mark Johnson (KVRT General Manager), I think we have a realistic chance at a top-five finish this weekend."
Tracy will team again with Mario Moraes in a two car effort for KVRT this weekend. Moraes, who will be making his first start on the streets of Toronto, qualified a career high fourth last weekend at Watkins Glen. He ran in the top-three for the first third of the race, but an untimely yellow flag and an incident soon thereafter, which damaged the #5 KV Racing Technology - Votorantim Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine, ended his race in 14th place.
"The KV Racing Technology team gave me a very fast car last weekend, but it was just too bad the way the race turned out" Moraes said. "The team has worked very hard and we know that we have the car and the ability to have a good performance. This will be my first race in Toronto, but last week, surprisingly, I was the one with more experience and got to help Paul (Tracy) with his first race at Watkins Glen, so hopefully he will return the favor this weekend."
Tracy 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 finished in the top-10 a total of 11 times with eight top-five showings, five podiums, two wins (1993 and 2003) and one pole. In addition to Watkins Glen, Tracy also drove for KVRT at this year's Indianapolis 500 finishing ninth and will 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, a 20-year-old native of Brazil, and 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 (total of three all last season) and earned his career best oval finish placing ninth at Milwaukee (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, including twice in the top-five (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.