KV RACING TECHNOLOGY QUALIFIES 13th AND 15th FOR HONDA INDY TORONTO TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA -- JULY 11, 2009 -- Round ...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY QUALIFIES 13th AND 15th FOR HONDA INDY TORONTO
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA -- JULY 11, 2009 -- Round #10, 2009 IndyCar Series season -- KV Racing Technology drivers Mario Moraes and Paul Tracy qualified 13th and 15th respectively today for tomorrow's Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Moraes, making his first appearance on the 1.75-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit, recorded a fast lap of 61.9704 seconds (101.952 mph). The talented Brazilian will grid the #5 Azul -- Votorantim - KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine on the inside of Row #7. Tracy, #15 Ontario Honda Dealers -- Wounded Warriors.ca -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, competing in his hometown for the 17th time, qualified with a time of 61.9730 seconds (101.948 mph). The native of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, just outside of Toronto, will start on the inside of Row #8.
"The Azul -- Votorantim -- KV Racing Technology team had a disappointing qualifying session," Moraes said. "It was unusual to have our fastest lap on the black tires instead of the red. The team will work on the car tonight and with a good race strategy tomorrow, I am confident I can have a good race.
Tracy said, "I am super disappointed. We just missed advancing by a hundredth of a second. The times are so tight from fifth to eighth and I just couldn't get any more out of the Ontario Honda Dealers -- Wounded Warriors.ca car. We had a very good car the first practice yesterday when the track was slippery and a good car on the wet track this morning. I am very frustrated. As far as the race tomorrow... it is going to be tough, but it is a street circuit and anything can happen. I have to get the car through Turn #1 at the start and not get collected in a crash. Then just settle into a pace, work our race strategy, save fuel and the tires and see what happens."
Moraes was15th on the speed charts following yesterday's twin practices with a time of 62.6133 (100.905 mph). In this morning's practice, which was delayed by lightening and heavy rain, he recorded the third fastest time (76.1242) on a very wet and slippery track. For qualifying, Moraes ran in the first group in Round #1. He did two six lap stints, the first on the black primary tire and the second on the red alternate tire. His fast time came on the fifth lap of his first stint.
Tracy was 13th on the speed charts at the start of the day with a time of 62.3653 (101.306 mph). In morning practice he had the fastest lap, 75.5345. For qualifying, Tracy also went out with the first group in Round #1 and like his teammate ran two stints one on each kind of tire. His fast lap came on his eighth overall, third of the second stint and on red tires.
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 qualified in the top-seven in five of the nine 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 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 is currently16th in the standings with 138 points.
Tracy, 40, 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, Tracy has earned 11 top-10 finishes with eight top-five showings, five podiums, two wins (1993 and 2003) and one pole. 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. His other IndyCar starts came at this year in Milwaukee for A.J. Foyt, placed 17th, at Indy in 2002, finished second and at Edmonton last year finished fourth.
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 in the top-five and twice on the podium (Neel Jani, second in 2007; Jimmy Vasser, second in 2004; and fourth in 2005).