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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 Buddy Lazier 32.0


Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
Will Moraes and KV Racing pull an upset in Indy 500?

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Thursday, May 14, 2009

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Mario Moraes

When you first meet him he strikes you as quiet, polite and mild mannered, but when he gets behind the wheel of an IndyCar, he's as ferocious as they get.  Not much has been written about the 7th place starting spot for KV Racing Technology’s Mario Moraes in this year's Indy 500. 

This unknown kid, twenty years old from a second year team, split the Penske cars and Andretti cars in qualifying for the biggest race in the world. 

He is the new generation of racer - fast, modest, good looking and a heartthrob for all the girls who see him.

When you mention 'Mario' at the Indy Speedway, everyone thinks of the great Mario Andretti.  This Mario is from Brazil, not Italy, and he came onto the American racing scene from Brazil by the way of Europe, with the Dale Coyne Racing team in 2008 where he was teamed with fellow Brazilian Bruno Junqueira.  He slipped in under the radar screen but immediately made his mark felt, sometimes outrunning his more experienced teammate.

This past Saturday Moraes, #5 KV Racing Technology – Votorantim Honda/Dallara/Firestone, made two qualifying runs.  The first attempt occurred just after the start of qualifying at 12:00 noon with Moraes posting a four-lap average of 222.470 mph.  His initial attempt put him squarely in the top-11 until the final 15 minutes of qualifying, which concluded at 6:00 p.m.  After getting bumped out of the top-11, Moraes made a second qualifying attempt and had a fantastic run recording an average speed of 223.331 mph.  He will start the 2009 Indy 500 on the inside of Row #3.

Mario Moraes is new to oval racing but you would not know it based on his performance on the track.  Here he races under Danica Patrick at Kansas
“I want to thank the whole KV Racing – Votorantim team.  They did a great job today and I am very happy with our qualifying position,” said Moraes. 

Coming from British F3 to the biggest race in the world, how much pressure was on you last Saturday to have to re-qualify the car?

“During the first qualifying run we were a little conservative because of the wind.  We added a lot of downforce which slowed the car, but still had a good qualifying run and were in ninth going into the afternoon.  We did some practice laps in the late afternoon, with less downforce and knew that we could run faster. 


Jimmy Vasser
"Jimmy [Vasser] was a little hesitant about trying again but I told him, don't worry about it, the car felt good and I thought we should go again because there was more speed in the car.

"Then we got bumped out of the top-11, and the decision was made for us, so we went back out with the less downforce setup and had a really good second qualifying run.”

Moraes will be contesting his second Indianapolis 500 and 12th race on an oval.  The 20-year-old Brazilian, the second youngest driver in the series, made his IMS debut last year qualifying 28th for Dale Coyne Racing and finishing 18th. 

In 11 previous oval events driving for underdog teams (Dale Coyne Racing and KV Racing Technology), Moraes has a best finish of 10th last year in Nashville (career best finish is seventh on the Watkins Glen road course also in 2008). 

The big IRL teams have made many small changes over the years to improve their cars on ovals, and even Will Power commented how easy it was to go fast in a Penske car.  To some extent the driver can only do so much to get more speed out of the car at Indy.

With the cars at full throttle the entire lap on the fast, flat Indy oval, the only thing slowing the car down is wind resistance, so to go faster usually means reducing drag by laying the wings down flat.  This reduces downforce, which means the cars are not as planted in the corners, and this is where the best drivers come in - able to keep a loose race car on knifes edge for 500 miles without putting it into the wall.

And his KV Racing Technology team has their job to do as well.  Not only must they adjust race strategy as events unfold, choosing the optimum pit strategy of how many stops to make and when to make them is crucial in having a successful race. It is also important for them to take competitors' strategies into account when planning pit stops, to avoid being "held up" behind other cars and unable to overtake them.

"It is only my second time here and my team is not the biggest team in the field, so yes, it feels good to beat some of those guys.

"We now have to focus on race setup but it's raining and it might rain the rest of the week, so it is cutting back on our running time."

"The good news is that it is great to have a 2nd car on the team.  I have a teammate now (Paul Tracy) and we can share data and work on some different setups to see if we can find the best balance for race day.  We can compare lap segment times to see where he is faster and where I am faster and try to improve both cars.

"Paul is a great driver and he has a lot of experience. I try to learn as much as I can each day from him.  I like watching how he works at the track."

For a guy who cut his teeth on road courses in Brazil and Europe, Moraes has adapted to oval tracks quite well.

"We surprised more than a few people in qualifying and we are working hard to surprise them even more on race day."

Kevin Kalkhoven
Like his team owners Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser who don't seek the spotlight, Moraes expects to have his small cheering section (a few family and friends) at the race on May 24th.  Should he pull off perhaps the biggest upset in the history of the Indy 500, don't expect this very unassuming, modest youngster to be climbing any fences like a monkey or doing donuts on the track.

Just shocking 250,000 astounded fans at the track and millions on TV worldwide will be satisfaction enough.

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