Moraes Evaluated and Released
September 20, 2010 | 3:49 P.M. EST
KV Racing Technology driver Mario Moraes was released Sept. 19 from Saiseikai Hospital in Mito, Japan, after being examined for reports of back pain. Moraes' No. 32 car made contact with the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier on Lap 68 of the Indy Japan 300 a few hours earlier at Twin Ring Motegi.
He was evaluated in the infield care center by the IZOD IndyCar Series and track medical staff and flown by helicopter (standard procedure at Twin Ring Motegi) to nearby Mito as a precaution. Moraes returned Sept. 20 to the United States.
Moraes, who finished fifth in the race in 2009, was running 17th at the time of the incident. He will be re-evaluated by the IZOD IndyCar Series medical director before the season finale Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 2.