Chicagoland: HVM Racing qualifying report

The two cars from HVM Racing will look to move ahead from the back of the pack when the green flag waves on Saturday night's PEAK Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. E.J. Viso's No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara qualified 20th with an average ...

The two cars from HVM Racing will look to move ahead from the back of the pack when the green flag waves on Saturday night's PEAK Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. E.J. Viso's No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara qualified 20th with an average speed of 221.586 and a total lap time of 1:43.4472. Robert Doornbos qualified 22nd in the No. 33 HVM Racing Honda Dallara with an average speed of 211.169 and a total lap time of 1:43.6514.

Friday afternoon's qualifying session looked uncertain after rain showers set back the morning practice session by 45 minutes and gray clouds still lingered over the track as qualifying began. Sprinkles halted the qualifying runs for a very short time early in the session but then cleared, allowing the entire field to complete their laps.

This weekend marks the first race for Doornbos at Chicagoland. Viso ran well last season at the 1.5-oval, surging from the back of the field into the Top 5 before a flat tire caused the car to spin into the wall and end the team's race early.

Comments from HVM Racing Team Principal and Owner Keith Wiggins after qualifying at Chicagoland:

"Neither car qualified as high as we expected. But as we saw last year at this track, it is possible to start in the back and move to the front. So, we will work to make sure we have the best possible race set-ups for tomorrow night and see what we can do."

Comments from PDVSA HVM Racing Team Driver E.J. Viso after qualifying at Chicagoland:

"It's another one of our disappointing oval qualifications. It's a shame after almost two seasons we haven't improved. My only hopes are for tomorrow's race. Last year we had a pretty good one going until we had a puncture. So hopefully tomorrow we'll have an even better one."

Comments from HVM Racing Driver Robert Doornbos after qualifying at Chicagoland:

"Well, I've won with HVM Racing in the past and we've led the championship, too. These guys are good guys and know what to do with a good car. Right now, we're only as good as the car. It's painful, but we have to keep pushing. We are going to keep working on it and get better at the ovals. We just have to focus and survive right now."

-credit: hvmr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robert Doornbos
Teams HVM Racing