KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S MORAES QUALIFIES INDYCAR CAREER HIGH FOURTH FOR CAMPING WORLD GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN PAUL TRACY TO START 15TH WATKINS GLEN, NY -- JULY 4, 2009 -- Round ...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S MORAES QUALIFIES INDYCAR CAREER HIGH FOURTH
FOR CAMPING WORLD GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN
PAUL TRACY TO START 15TH
WATKINS GLEN, NY -- JULY 4, 2009 -- Round #9, 2009 IndyCar Series season -- KV Racing Technology's Mario Moraes qualified an IndyCar career high fourth for tomorrow's Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Teammate Paul Tracy will start 15th.
Moraes, who reached the Firestone Fast Six, the final round of road course qualifying, for the first time in his two year IndyCar career, recorded a fast lap of 89.8003 seconds (135.100 mph). The talented Brazilian, who is making his second appearance on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen road course, will grid the #5 Azul -- Votorantim - KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine on the outside of Row #2. Tracy, #15 GEICO -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, who is making his debut at the Glen and racing on a road course for the first time since July 2008 at Edmonton, qualified with a time of 90.6167 seconds (133.883 mph) and will start on the inside of Row #8.
"The KV Racing Technology team did a great job setting the car up for qualifying today," Moraes said. "It really shows that the test we did here two weeks ago paid off and I just hope that all of our hard work pays off for the race tomorrow."
Commenting on his qualifying session, Tracy said, "The GEICO -- KV Racing Technology team did a great job making #15 car so good. I just have no track experience here at Watkins Glen. I am getting better and better with every lap and we made some big gains the last two laps. For tomorrow's race we will just have to see how it plays out."
In morning practice Moraes was at the top of the speed charts for most of the 90-minute practice session with a time of 90.3020 seconds (134.349 mph), but eventually dropped to fifth. In qualifying, he in the first group in Round #1 (total of two groups, 21 cars) and posted a fast time 89.4251 seconds, good for third in his group and advancing him to the second round (fastest six cars from each group advance to second round). In Round #2, Moraes recorded the fourth fastest lap, 88.9993 seconds, to advance to the final round of six cars. The finals were marred by a Dario Franchitti crash which forced the drivers into a one lap shootout where Moraes posted his fast lap on that final lap of the round.
Tracy, who turned his first laps ever at Watkins Glen in morning practice, spent most of the session familiarizing himself with the track. He recorded a fast time of 92.0303 seconds (131.826 mph) after running 32 laps, the second most of any driver in the session. For qualifying, Tracy was also in the first gorup in Round #1. He recorded his fast lap on the 10th and final lap he turned putting him eighth in his group and ending his qualifying session.
Moraes, 20, the second youngest driver in the series, is in his first season with KVRT. He has now qualified in the top-seven in five of the eight races (Iowa's qualifying cancelled) this year, including twice in the top-five, after earning just one top-10 qualifying spot, 10th at Edmonton, last year. Moraes, who will be making his 25th career IndyCar start and ninth on a road/street course has an IndyCar career high finish of seventh coincidentally in his debut at the Glen last year. He is currently 16th in the standings with 122 points, but just 22 points out of 11th place.
Tracy will be making his 267th career start, fifth in the IndyCar Series, second for KVRT and first of three consecutive for the team (will race in Toronto and Edmonton) when the green flag drops tomorrow. The native of Canada previously ran this year's Indy 500 with KVRT finishing ninth. In addition, Tracy ran at Milwaukee for A. J. Foyt Racing earlier this season finishing 17th, contested the 2002 Indy 500, where he was the runner-up and competed at Edmonton last year finishing fourth. Now in his 19th season, Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series champion, is among the top-10 in almost every all-time statistical category.
Moraes's fourth place starting position is KVRT's best in four attempts, two races, at Watkins Glen. Last year in their inaugural race at the Glen, Will Power qualified 12th and finished 15th while Oriol Servia started fifth and finished 23rd. KVRT is fielding a multi-car effort for just the second time this season. They previously ran three cars at this year's Indy 500.