HVM Racing was able to use a combination of pit strategy and overtakingby driver E.J. Viso to advance eight positions by the end of the Indy Meijer 300 Saturday night at the Kentucky Speedway and finish in the 13th position.
The No. 33 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara started 21st on the grid, but by lap 30 had already moved into 12th. The crew called Viso into the pits 20 laps later for their first pit stop for fuel and tires under green flag conditions. The team remained in the top-15, but lost a lap to the leaders before a second caution slowed the field on lap 80. Having enough fuel for another 20 or 30 laps, in an attempt to getback on the lead lapViso did not come down pit road, but hoped for another quick caution which would have put the team in the leaders group. The team wasn't so fortunate and they were forced to pit under green on lap 104 running 14th.
A yellow on lap 133 opened the opportunity for PDVSA HVM Racing to use the slow laps to conserve fuel. It also allowed them to pit only one more time. Viso came down pit road on lap 162 for his final stop. Viso picked up three positions in the final 50 laps to finish 13th.
Comments from PDVSA HVM Racing Team Owner Keith Wiggins after Saturday's Indy Meijer 300:
"It was possible to have a better finish, but we had to use the best strategy possible. We lost a lap under green and that dictated when the best time to pit the rest of the race. A quick yellow once we got back on the lead lap would have helped, but that didn't happen.
"After that, we had to pit when it made the most sense. It put us behind the leaders, but we moved up and had the best possible finish under the circumstances."
Comments from PDVSA HVM Racing Driver E.J. Viso after Saturday's Indy Meijer 300:
"We used a lot of teamwork today to get this finish. Our pace was consistent throughout the race, but the timing of the yellows didn't help.
"Starting where we did, I know we made a lot of progress. Again, this was another day to learn and it will help when we go to Chicago. I'm really excited about the next race at Infineon and being back on a road course."