VISO 17th AT INDYCAR SEASON OPENER
Homestead, FL (March 29, 2008) - HVM Racing's Ernesto Viso had his debut in the IndyCar Series tonight at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Venezuelan started 18th for the GAINSCO Indy 300 and actually is classified 17th, despite hitting the wall in turn three with only seven laps remaining in the race
EJ's first oval race started out well, gaining one spot at the start. He drove a smart, consistent race, keeping his nose clean, and making good pit stops. He was running in the 16th position (3rd Rookie) when, after his last stop, with 7 laps to go, he made contact with the wall in turn three, ending his race prematurely.
"I'm very disappointed to have made it so far in the race, only to hit the wall with 7 laps to go. I felt something wrong with the back end of the car and it came around on me and there was nothing I could do. Whatever the case, it's sad to end the day like that. I'm sorry for all the guys, and for Kanaan, who couldn't avoid me after I hit the wall. The car was good at the end, it was very tight early on, but we made a change in the first pit stop and it was much better after that. I had no problems running in traffic, and was just driving a safe race. We did have some radio communication difficulties early on, but other than that, everything was going well. I did learn a lot and I'll try to build on this experience for the next oval race. We'll just take things from here and re-focus ourselves for St. Pete. We all have more experience on street courses so we'll see how we measure up there."
Keith Wiggins, Team Owner:
"Obviously we are disappointed with the end result today. It was a tough race, and we really wanted to finish. We knew it would be a struggle, and Ernesto was doing a great job. The result just wasn't what we wanted. We're not sure what happened at the end there, but now we'll just have to move forward to next week and St. Pete. At least now we have some data to work with for the next oval and we'll focus on continuing to improve."