Mario Moraes will return to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010 having inked a deal to rejoin the KV Racing Technology outfit he raced for last season.
The Brazilian will pilot the #32 Banco Panamericano–backed Dallara from this weekend's season-opening Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Brazil, where he will join the already confirmed EJ Viso and rookie Takuma Sato in the line-up.
“We are very pleased to have Mario back in the seat with KVRT,” general manager Mark Johnson confirmed, “Mario showed last season he can be very competitive and is in the process of becoming one of the top talents in the series.
“He has grown and matured on and off the race track over the last year, due in part to the support of his family and the many positive influences in his life, and finished the 2009 season with very strong results. I would expect more of the same, starting this weekend in Sao Paulo.”
Moraes will also carry sponsorship from the Holiday Inn Parque Anhembi and Itatiaia Group in Brazil, as he returns to his hometown for the opening round of the 2010 campaign. He joined KVRT last year and enjoyed his best season after several strong qualifying efforts - including a career-high second place in Japan – yielded six top ten finishes, including a first IndyCar podium at Chicagoland.
“I want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven, Jimmy Vasser and my sponsor Banco Panamericano for helping me and giving me this opportunity,” Moraes said, “Being in the car to start the season is very important for me, especially since the first race is in my hometown. KVRT is one of the best teams in the IZOD IndyCar Series and I am looking forward to working with everyone on the team again. Hopefully, we can continue the success we enjoyed at the end of last season.”