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26 March 2010
KV Racing Technology places two cars in top-seven after first day of practice for Honda Grand Prix of Sr. Petersburg
KV Racing Technology placed two cars in the
top-seven following the first day of practice
for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in
St. Petersburg, Florida.|
E. J. Viso, #8 PDVSA – KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, was sixth on the combined practice report recording the team’s fastest lap with a time of 63.0890 seconds (102.712 mph), on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn St. Petersburg temporary street circuit. Takuma Sato, who made his debut in the green and yellow #5 Lotus – KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone car, was just a tick slower with a lap of 63.0930 (102.706 mph) putting him seventh on the speed charts. Mario Moraes, #32 KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, sat out the second practice following an opening lap incident and wound up 23rd based on his time from the morning session.
Viso is competing in his 34th career IndyCar event, 15th on a road/street circuit, third at St. Petersburg and second with KVRT. In 2008, driving in just his second IndyCar race, the 25-year-old Venezuelan earned a career high fourth place finish here in St. Petersburg, leading his first IndyCar laps in the process.
“The PDVSA – KV Racing Technology had a good recovery after this morning’s practice session,” Viso said. “The team did a great job and if it wasn’t for getting caught up in traffic on my last lap I would have had a good chance of finishing second. I am very happy with how the car felt and I think tomorrow’s qualifying will hopefully prove that.”
Sato, the 33-year-old from Japan and veteran of seven Formula 1 seasons, is contesting his second IZOD IndyCar race and second with KVRT.
“It was great to debut the new
Lotus – KV Racing Technology car here in St.
Petersburg,” Sato said. “The circuit was very
interesting, still a little bumpy but not nearly
as much as Brazil with some high speed sections
which is great fun. We are always improving our
setup to have a good car, but overall it was a
very productive day and I look forward to