KV RACING TECHNOLOGY FINISHES 14th AND 19th IN CAMPANING WORLD GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN WATKINS GLEN, NY -- JULY 5, 2009 -- Round ...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY FINISHES 14th AND 19th IN CAMPANING WORLD GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN
WATKINS GLEN, NY -- JULY 5, 2009 -- Round #9, 2009 IndyCar Series season -- KV Racing Technology drivers Mario Moraes and Paul Tracy finished 14th and 19th respectively today in the Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York.
Moraes, who made his second appearance on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen road course, qualified an IndyCar career high fourth. He kept the #5 Azul -- Votorantim - KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine in the top-three, actually taking the lead at one point, until his first pit stop when an untimely yellow flag cost him significant track position. Following the ensuing restart Moraes and Ed Carpenter made contact. The incident resulted in a drive through penalty for Moraes and some damage that forced him to pit. He rejoined the race in 16th place, but continued to battle for the remainder of the race picking up two spots.
"The KV Racing Technology team gave me a very fast car all weekend," Moraes said. "We had a great first stint, then just as I was going to pit the yellow flag came out and I lost some track position. After the restart I tried to make a move on (Ed) Carpenter. I don't think he saw me and we touched on my left rear tire. I went hard over the rubble strips, which damaged my suspension and front left wing. Then it was a case of just trying to hang in until the end of the race. It is a shame because the team worked so hard and the car was really fast."
Tracy, #15 GEICO -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, who made his debut at the Glen today, started 14th (Graham Rahal disqualified at technical inspection following qualifying). Competing on a road course for the first time since July 2008 at Edmonton, Tracy quickly moved into the top-10 where he remained until lap 29 when he lost control of the car and slid into the wall ending his race.
"The GEICO -- KV Racing Technology car just got away from me," Tracy said. "This is a tough track and I don't have a lot of experience here. I thought if we could get through the race there would be a lot of accidents and I would have a shot at a good finish, but I ended up being one of the accidents. I am disappointed for KV Racing Technology and GEICO. We wanted to finish the race and I think if we had we would have finished 10th or 12th, but I just made a mistake."
Moraes, a 20-year-old native of Brazil, and the second youngest driver in the series, is in his second IndyCar season and first season with KVRT. He made his 25th career IndyCar start and ninth on a road/street course today. The 14th place finish is KVRT's best in two races, four starts, at Watkins Glen. Coincidentally, Moraes IndyCar career best finished came here at the Glen last year when he placed seventh.
Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series champion, made his 267th career start, fifth in the IndyCar Series, third of the 2009 season, second for KVRT and first of three consecutive for the team (will race in Toronto and Edmonton). The native of Canada previously ran this year's Indy 500 with KVRT finishing ninth and at Milwaukee for A. J. Foyt Racing placing 17th. His other two IndyCar stats were in the 2002 Indy 500, where he was the runner-up and at Edmonton last year where he placed fourth.
Next up for KV Racing Technology is the Honda Indy Toronto, July 10-12, on the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The race will be broadcast live on ABC at 1:00 p.m. ET.