Mid-Ohio: HVM Racing preview

HVM RACING EAGER TO RETURN AFTER MISSED WEEKEND HVM Racing and driver E.J. Viso will return to the track for this Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The team missed last weekend's events after Viso was diagnosed with ...

HVM RACING EAGER TO RETURN AFTER MISSED WEEKEND

HVM Racing and driver E.J. Viso will return to the track for this Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The team missed last weekend's events after Viso was diagnosed with mumps.

The No. 33 PDVSA HVM Racing team comes to Mid-Ohio after two consecutive top-10 finishes at Richmond International Raceway and Watkins Glen International. The team now has five top-10 finishes this season, unmatched by any other "transition" team's driver.

HVM Racing dropped to 17th in Entrant Point Standings after missing Nashville, but their previous strong performances have kept them ahead of seven other teams who started every race this season.

HVM Racing is making their first start at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course since 2003.

Comments from HVM Racing Team Manager Vince Kremer heading into this weekend's events:

"We took full advantage of the unexpected turns of last week. It gave us an opportunity to recharge our batteries and the team was given an extended weekend That was important, but last week gave us a great chance to get ahead too. We concentrated on two things. We did a lot of prep work for Mid-Ohio and worked on our second car.

We feel good about the progress of both our cars. That extra time allowed us to take a step forward and will be a big advantage in the long run.

"Obviously everyone wanted to be in Nashville to race. The guys, morale wise, are a little disappointed. We dropped in the points, but we knew that was going to happen. We just have to work that much harder to get back up there. It's going to be a tough road, but we know we can do it.

"It starts this weekend at Mid-Ohio. The established IndyCar teams will have some data to go back on, but we've raced there before too. So we have a base to start from. The expectation is to go over there and run well. We want to continue the string of good finishes and continue to get better."

Comments from Team Owner Keith Wiggins heading into this weekend's events:

"You never want to miss a race, but we had to make the best, responsible decision for everyone. The good news now is that E.J. is ready to race and the team is fully energized. Mid-Ohio is a track that we are familiar with. We haven't been there in a few seasons, nor with this car, but it's a venue that we've raced before.

"The goal will be to get back on track after good runs at Richmond and Watkins Glen. It's good to have that momentum, but now it's time to move into the top-five. The goal of this race team, in time, is to compete weekly for wins. We've proven, so far, that we can be a consistent threat in the top-10. Now is the time to prove that we can be a consistent team in the top-five."

-credit: hvmr

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