Long Beach: HVM Racing race report

The PDVSA HVM Racing team suffered an early and abrupt end to their day at Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after contact with another car forced E.J. Viso's No. 13 Honda Dallara into the wall. After taking the green flag in fourth ...

The PDVSA HVM Racing team suffered an early and abrupt end to their day at Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after contact with another car forced E.J. Viso's No. 13 Honda Dallara into the wall.

After taking the green flag in fourth position -- his career-best qualifying effort in his IndyCar Series career -- Viso stayed right with the leaders for the first 16 laps of the race. On Lap 17, Viso was squeezed into the wall when Scott Dixon veered off his line in Turn 6. The No. 13 car sustained enough damage that it could not be restarted and HVM's day was finished.

The early exit was a disappointing result after strong performances in practice and qualifying indicated that the No. 13 car was going to be one to watch on Sunday. The team finished the race in 23rd place.

Comments from PDVSA HVM Racing Team Principal Keith Wiggins after Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach:

"It's very disappointing to have our day end this way. We were strong in practice, had a great qualifying effort, and were really optimistic about what the car and E.J. could do."

Comments from PDVSA HVM Racing Driver E.J. Viso after Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach:

"Things were going smoothly and someone ruined my race. I was running my line and suddenly (Scott) Dixon changed his line. I had nowhere to go.

"It's very frustrating because I had a good car and the Firestone tires were working well for me. I would just like to thank my team for working so hard to give me a great car for this weekend."

-credit: hvmr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon
Teams HVM Racing