No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara - E.J. Viso
Starting Position: 29th
Finishing Position: 24th
No. 00 i drive green HVM Racing Honda Dallara -- Nelson Philippe
Starting Position: 31st
Finishing Position: 25th
The weeks of Indy 500 activities ended on a disappointing note for HVM Racing as both of its entries in Sunday's race failed to run to the finish. Nelson Philippe's No. 00 i drive green car suffered race-ending damage after brushing the wall on Lap 131, and E.J. Viso's No. 13 PDVSA car was pulled from the track 13 laps later when it became too unstable to continue.
After starting in the 29th position, Viso had moved up to 24th after 38 laps when he reported a loose rear tire. As the team worked to correct the problem over multiple pit stops, Viso fell four laps back. After the problem reoccurred later in the race, Viso tried to regain lost ground once again, but he reported that issues with the car's handling were too difficult to overcome. The team determined the car was not stable enough to stay on the track and retired from the race on Lap 144. Viso finished 24th.
Philippe started in the 31st position and had gradually climbed up to 22nd with a consistent pace over the first half of the race. But on Lap 131, the driver was forced up the track by another car and brushed the wall in Turn 4. The right side of the No. 00 car suffered enough damage that it could not return to the track. Philippe finished 25th.
The finishes are disappointing for the teams, which both overcame appearances "on the bubble" during qualifying with strong second runs to secure their starting positions on the Indy 500 grid.
Comments from HVM Racing Team Principal and Owner Keith Wiggins after the Indy 500:
"We definitely have some work to do. We have had some promising qualifying efforts over the early part of the season, but then each time something happens on the track.
"The Indy 500 is such a great event for the whole month, and it's just disappointing to end it this way."
Comments from PDVSA HVM Racing Driver E.J. Viso after the Indy 500:
"Since Lap 1, the car was tough to drive. It was very insecure in traffic, but I tried my best for a couple of stints. And after that, I just felt that something was loose in the rear. So we stopped, changed it, went out again, tried to fix the setup a little bit. We improved a little bit for three or four stints, but it became loose again.
"I'm a bit disappointed with this result because I really thought our pace was going to be a lot better after spending three weeks and so many miles on the track, and I thought we were going to have at least as good a car as last year, but that didn't happen obviously. Not much to say other than that. I'm just looking forward to the next race. It's a shame that after so much preparation, the result didn't come."
Comments from i drive green HVM Racing Driver Nelson Philippe after the Indy 500:
"I was coming out of the pits and I got passed by a few cars. And, I'm not sure who it was, but someone put me in the marbles and there was no catching the car from there. It was an unfortunate end to a pretty good day.
"But I think overall I learned a lot. I'm disappointed this was only a one-race deal because I feel like I had a great connection with my engineer and would like to be back working with him again. I hope I can find the funds to do more racing with these guys because I know we could do a really good job."