KANSAS CITY, KS -- APRIL 26, 2009 -- Round #3 2009 IndyCar Series season -- KV Racing Technology driver Mario Moraes had a solid tune-up for next month's Indianapolis 500 with an 11th showing today in the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 on the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway tri-oval in Kansas City, Kansas.

Moraes, #5 KV Racing Technology - Votorantim Honda/Dallara/Firestone, who qualified a career high sixth, drove a smart, patient race and once again got solid pit work from his KVRT crew. He spent much of the contest in the top-10, but eventually settled for a finish just outside. Moraes earned 19 points for his effort and now sits 19th in the championship standings with 43 points.

"The KV Racing Technology - Votorantim team did a great job today," Moraes said. "I felt the #5 KVRT car was setup well for the race. It was just unfortunate that I overshot my pit twice, but the crew did an outstanding job in turning me around quickly and prevented me from losing too many places. I enjoyed my first oval race of the season and look forward to the Indy 500 next month."

Moraes, 20, the second youngest driver in the IndyCar series, is in his second season and first with KVRT. The native of Brazil made his 19th career IndyCar start, third with KVRT, second at Kansas and 11th on an oval today. This was Moraes' second best finish on an oval behind a 10th place showing in Nashville last year, his highest finish in Kansas and his best performance in three races this season. The 11th place showing also ties KVRT's highest finish in three attempts (two races) at Kansas.

Next up for KV Racing Technology is the 93rd Indianapolis 500, May 24, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indy 500 is Round #4 of the 2009 IndyCar Series season. It will be televised live on ABC at noon ET.

-credit: kvrt