EJ VISO TO RUN 500 FESTIVAL MINI-MARATHON AHEAD OF ROOKIE ORIENTATION THIS WEEKEND
Indianapolis, IN (May 2, 2008) - HVM Racing's EJ Viso will participate in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon tomorrow to kick off an action-packed month of May. He will run the half-marathon (13.1 miles) right before he heads to Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday morning to prepare for the 92nd running of the Indy 500.
EJ, a native Venezuelan, has made running part of his regular fitness routine. He runs regularly and has competed in several 10K events. This will be the biggest race he has participated in by far, as it is the largest half-marathon in the U.S. and has been sold out since November of last year. There will be 35,000 runners in tomorrow's race, but for EJ, this race is not one he is intent on winning.
EJ will be taking it easy for the foot race, instead setting his sights on a different sort of race. Sunday, which is the Indianapolis Star Opening Day, he will report to the Speedway for some classroom time with the other 12 Rookies and will take to the track in his Dallara beginning at noon. He will participate in two intensive days of Rookie Orientation Practice for the Indy 500 and then begin regular practice on Tuesday.
EJ and his HVM Racing squad will spend the two days of Rookie Orientation doing just that: getting orientated to the 2.5 mile super speedway. This will be his 3rd oval in his career, and much different from the high-banked 1.5 mile speedways that the IndyCar Series has already visited this year.
EJ is currently 13th in IndyCar Series standings and 5th in the Bombardier LearJet Rookie of the Year standings.
"I'm not a professional runner, but I do run quite a lot for training purposes and I really enjoy it. I think that participating in the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is a great opportunity to spend some time with the people who will be watching the race in a few weeks. It is my first time running with so many people, I've only done a couple of 10Ks before but I'm really excited about it. When I get to the part of the marathon course that is inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, those will be my first steps on the track. I think it is fitting that I step foot on the grounds of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in this way. I will be taking it easy, however, not looking to set any records, as I have to be in the car on Sunday for my first day of Rookie Orientation."
-credit: hvm racing