SPECTACULAR DAY ENDS IN DISPAPPOINTMENT FOR KV RACING TECHNOLOGY TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA -- JULY 12, 2009 -- Round ...
SPECTACULAR DAY ENDS IN DISPAPPOINTMENT FOR KV RACING TECHNOLOGY
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA -- JULY 12, 2009 -- Round #10, 2009 IndyCar Series season --What was shaping up as a spectacular finish for KV Racing Technology drivers Mario Moraes and Paul Tracy ended in disappointment today in the 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, started 13th. From the drop of the green flag the talented Brazilian, in the #5 Azul -- Votorantim - KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone car, began patiently working his way through the field eventually settling into fifth place. Despite losing some track position to an untimely yellow flag, Moraes was still on track for a top-five finish when an incident with E.J. Viso damaged his front wing forcing Moraes to pit for repairs. Back on track and still in line for a strong showing, Moraes got collected in an incident on lap 75 which dropped him to 11th place where he finished. Moraes earned 19 points and remains in 16th place in the standings with 157 points.
"I just feel sorry for the KV Racing Technology crew," Moraes said. "They did a great job preparing the car for the race and to have it end the way it did is a shame. We were having a great race, running in the top-five easy. Then I was trying to overtake (EJ) Viso, he was one lap down and blocking everyone. I was side-by-side with him going into turn three and he broke my front wing. It really is a shame."
Tracy, behind the wheel of the #15 Ontario Honda Dealers -- Wounded Warriors.ca -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine, was having an even more sensational race. Competing in his hometown for the 17th time, the native of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, just outside of Toronto, started 15th. He picked up an unbelievable seven positions on the first lap and then proceeded to set up and pass car after car, eventually settling into second place. Perfect pit stops, a solid race strategy and skilled driving had Tracy in position for a podium finish when on lap 65 he attempted to pass Helio Castroneves for second place. The two bumped wheels, but made it through the first of two corners. As they approached the second Castroneves car slammed into Tracy sending him into the wall ending his race in 19th place.
"It is hard to say what happened," Tracy said. "We (Paul Tracy and Helio Castroneves) were racing really hard. He was saving fuel, coasting at the end of the back straightaway. I made a move down the inside. He gave me some room, then he moved over and we hooked up wheels. It was just a racing incident. I wanted to get by and keep in touch with Dario (Franchitti). I want to thank the Ontario Honda Dealers, Wounded Warriors.ca. and all the sponsors who have help to this point, GEICO, Monster everybody who help us get to this point. I also want to thank the entire KV Racing Technology team. They did a fantastic job all weekend and gave me a great race car. I think I have shown I can run with these guys. It was just a sad way to end the day. I guess that is why they call me the Thrill."
Moraes, 20, the second youngest driver in the series, is in his second IndyCar season and first with KVRT. He made his 26th career IndyCar start and 10th on a road/street course today. Since joining KVRT for the 2009 season, Moraes has earned career high finishes on six of the 10 tracks this season, had two top-10 showings (three 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.
Tracy, 40, contested the second of three consecutive races for KVRT today. He made his 268th career start, sixth in the IndyCar Series, fourth of the 2009 season and third with KVRT.
In 17 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, 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.
Note: Race fans were given the opportunity to make a donation and sign Paul Tracy's Ontario Honda Dealers -- Wounded Warrior.ca -- KV Racing Technology firesuit. A total of $8852 (Canadian) was collected. The firsesuit, which Tracy used in the race, will be auctioned off. The proceeds will be matched by Honda Canada and given to Wounded Warriors.ca a charity that benefits wounded Canadian veterans.
Next up for KV Racing Technology is the Rexall Indy Edmonton, July 24-26, on the Edmonton City Center airport circuit in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The race will be broadcast live on Versus at 5:00 p.m. ET.