No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara - E.J. Viso Lap Time: 1:07.5712 Speed: 120.300 miles per hour Qualifying Position: 9th No. 33 HVM Racing Honda Dallara -- Robert Doornbos Lap Time: 1:08.5734 Speed: 118.542 miles per hour Qualifying...
No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara - E.J. Viso
Lap Time: 1:07.5712
Speed: 120.300 miles per hour
Qualifying Position: 9th
No. 33 HVM Racing Honda Dallara -- Robert Doornbos
Lap Time: 1:08.5734
Speed: 118.542 miles per hour
Qualifying Position: 18th
HVM Racing's two entries qualified on Saturday for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with E.J. Viso earning a Top-10 spot with a ninth-place qualifying effort and Robert Doornbos starting in the 18th position with his new HVM team.
The 2.4-mile road course was a bit slippery for the afternoon qualifying runs, after rains dampened the morning's practice session. Both Viso's No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara and Doornbos's No. 33 HVM Racing Honda Dallara started the first qualifying round on primary black Firestone tires and then switched to the alternate red tires for more grip and, subsequently, better speed. Viso advanced to the second round with a fourth-fastest speed of 1:08.3407. The car had run faster laps during the session, but a late spin resulted in the team losing its best two lap times by IndyCar Series rules for drawing a full-course caution during qualifying. Doornbos finished in the 18th position with a speed of 1:08.5734.
In the second round, the PDVSA HVM Racing team kept the red tires on the No. 13 car and Viso ran in the first position early in the session. The car gained some speed for the remaining minutes, but not at the same pace as others and eventually finished in Position 9 with a speed of 1:07:5712.
Mid-Ohio marks the first race with HVM Racing for driver Robert Doornbos, who just signed with the team this week. Watch for his new black-and-orange livery during Versus' coverage of Sunday's Honda Indy 200 beginning at 1 p.m. You can also ride along in Viso's black-and-green machine, which will carry an on-board camera for the race.
Comments from HVM Racing Team Principal and Owner Keith Wiggins after qualifying at Mid-Ohio:
"We had a pretty good qualifying run with the 13 car. We would have qualified higher if not for that late spin. So we'll just work on making the car as competitive as possible for the race.
"Considering the 33 team is about four days old, we're pretty pleased with the smooth operation. We knew that it was going to take practice and qualifying just to get a feel for the car for Robert's needs and focus on the best set-up for the race. But we're glad to have Robert with us, we are focused on the future and excited to see what we can do together."
Comments from PDVSA HVM Racing Team Driver E.J. Viso after qualifying at Mid-Ohio:
"We had a pretty good qualifying effort. I'm very happy that every session we went out, we went a step forward. There's definitely an improvement in the car. I used the maximum out of what I had in my hands, and that's pretty good for me and for the team.
"From here, we have a pretty good base and we just need to start working a little harder in order to get into the third round of qualifying. It's another four or five tenths that we need, and those are the difficult ones."
Comments from HVM Racing Team Driver Robert Doornbos after qualifying at Mid-Ohio:
"It's obviously not the result we hoped for. We worked hard to find the balance in this car. We struggled a little in finding the sweet spot. We took another gamble in the qualifying, which didn't pay off. It's a great, fun little track, but it's very sensitive on balance. Not today, but hopefully tomorrow."