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KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S MORAES VICTIM OF PIT LANE INCIDENT SPARTA, KY - - AUGUST 1, 2009 - - Round ...

KV RACING TECHNOLOGY'S MORAES VICTIM OF PIT LANE INCIDENT

SPARTA, KY - - AUGUST 1, 2009 - - Round #12 2009 IndyCar Series season - - KV Racing Technology driver Mario Moraes was having a fantastic race when he was hit twice in pit lane and finished 18th today in the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky.

Moraes, making his second appearance on the 1.5-mile tri-oval, started 16th after yesterday's qualifying was cancelled and the grid was set by entrant points. The native of Brazil, in the #5 Azul -- Votorantim - KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine, was on the move from the drop of the green flag picking up six positions on the opening lap and moving into fourth by lap 18. Moraes was in fifth place when he entered pit lane for his first stop. As he began to turn into his pit box he was hit from behind by another competitor who was exiting his pit and then t-boned by a second car. The KV Racing Technology crew immediately affected repairs and got Moraes back on track, where he continued to battle despite being 12 laps down.

"I feel so sorry for the KV Racing Technology crew," Moraes said. "They worked so hard and did a great job preparing the car. I could drive it anywhere on the track. It is just hard when you have such a good car and then something happens that is not your fault and it wrecks your race. The good thing is we know we have a good car for the ovals and that is very positive for the future."

Moraes, who made his 17th career oval start today, earned 12 points and is 17th in the standings with 181. Prior to joining KVRT, Moraes had just three career top-10 finishes including a career high seventh at Watkins Glen and an oval high of 10th at Nashville. He had qualified in the top-10 just once and never higher than 20th on an oval. So far this year, Moraes has two top-10 showings including a season and oval career high ninth in Milwaukee. He has shown even more improvement in qualifying earning top-seven starting spots on four of five ovals and in six of 10 races (Iowa and Kentucky qualifying cancelled) with two top-five starting spots, including an IndyCar career high fourth at Watkins Glen and an oval career high fifth at Milwaukee.

Next up for KVRT is the Honda Indy 200 on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 7-9, in Lexington, Ohio.

-credit: kvrt

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Moraes
Teams KV Racing Technology