Watkins Glen: KV Racing preview

KV RACING TECHNOLOGY TO CAMPAIGN TWO CARS AT WATKINS GLEN INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - JULY 1, 2009 - - Open-wheel superstar Paul Tracy will join Mario Moraes in a two car effort for KV Racing Technology in this weekend's Camping World Grand Prix at the...

KV RACING TECHNOLOGY TO CAMPAIGN TWO CARS AT WATKINS GLEN

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - JULY 1, 2009 - - Open-wheel superstar Paul Tracy will join Mario Moraes in a two car effort for KV Racing Technology in this weekend's Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen, July 4-5, at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York.

Tracy, #15 GEICO -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, will be making the first of three consecutive starts, all on road/street circuits, for KVRT this weekend. The 2003 Champ Car World Series champion, who will be competing for the first time on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn Watkins permanent road circuit, is also set to race for the team at the Honda Indy Toronto, July 10-12, and Rexall Edmonton Indy, July 24-26. Tracy, who drove for KVRT at this year's Indianapolis 500, qualifying 13th and finishing ninth, will be contesting his fourth IndyCar event. In addition to the 2009 Indy 500, he ran at Indy in 2002, finishing second and competed at Edmonton last year qualifying 15th and finishing fourth.

"I am excited to be racing at Watkins Glen this weekend," Tracy said. "It feels a little strange that in all the years I have been racing I have never competed at the Glen. I want to thank GEICO Insurance, Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser for this opportunity. I enjoyed the month of May, but we were on a limited program. Now I can settle in, work with Mark Johnson (KVRT General Manager), the engineers and crew for three straight races. I have said before and I will say it again...at this point in my career I am not just out there to finish races, I am out there to win."

Moraes, #5 Azul -- Votorantim -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, is coming off a frustrating 16th place performance last weekend in Richmond. The native of Brazil, who is the second youngest driver in the series, is currently 16th in the standings with 122 points, but just 22 out of 11th place. Moraes, in his second IndyCar season and first with KVRT, will be making his 25th career IndyCar start, ninth on a road/street course, ninth with KVRT and second at Watkins Glen. Last year in his debut at the Glen, Moraes earned his IndyCar career best finish, a seventh place performance. Since joining KVRT for the 2009 season, Moraes has qualified in the top-seven in four of seven races (Iowa's qualifying cancelled) including a career high fifth in Milwaukee. He had just one top-10 qualifying effort last year. Moraes has earned career high finishes on five of the eight tracks this season, had two top-10 showings (had a total of three all last season) and earned his career best oval finish placing ninth at Milwaukee.

"The last couple of races for KV Racing Technology have been frustrating," Moraes said. "The team has worked very hard, but we have not produced the results we want. We tested at Watkins Glen earlier this month and got a lot of good data. Also, I had my best IndyCar finish there last year, so I am confident we can have a good performance this weekend."

The Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen is Round #9 of the 2009 IndyCar Series season. The race 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 , Mario Moraes
Teams KV Racing Technology