TOP- TEN QUALIFICATION FOR HVM'S E.J. VISO AT MILWAUKEE Milwaukee, WI (May 31, 2008) - Qualifying for the ABC Supply/ AJ Foyt 225 took place today at the Milwaukee Mile under sunny skies. HVM Racing and E.J. Viso did a great job putting his ...
TOP- TEN QUALIFICATION FOR HVM'S E.J. VISO AT MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee, WI (May 31, 2008) - Qualifying for the ABC Supply/ AJ Foyt 225 took place today at the Milwaukee Mile under sunny skies. HVM Racing and E.J. Viso did a great job putting his #33 PDVSA Dallara in the 10th spot on the grid for tomorrow's IndyCar race. This will be his highest starting position this year.
E.J. and the HVM squad got up to speed quickly in this morning's practice, ending up 8th quickest at the end of the one hour and 45 minutes session. He immediately felt comfortable with the car and he worked with his engineers on a qualifying set-up. During the second practice, he once again surprised many by turning the 6th fastest time. At such a challenging circuit which rewards the driver's ability much more so than the high-banked 1.5 mile ovals, E.J. was able to show his talent and that this track is not for the timid. His effort in qualifying was only slightly dampened by the fact that he and the team felt they had a top-five car today but had to settle for a top-ten.
Even though this is the first time E.J. has visited the Milwaukee Mile, it is not a first for the team. HVM won here in 2003, and finished 3rd in 2006. Despite the fact that these podium finishes were in completely different cars, the staff has a good knowledge of the circuit, which alleviates one of the many unknown factors the ‘transition teams' are facing this season.
E.J. is sporting another new helmet this weekend at Milwaukee, keeping with the unique style of his previous two designs with the signature lucky charms and cross under the visor. It incorporates bright green, yellow, and orange to celebrate the coming of the summer season. This helmet is called "Lucky Duderino" and E.J. hopes it will bring him luck in tomorrow's race.
"It's a good result, as it is our best qualifying position so far but we were expecting to be a little further up the grid. We know we have a good set-up with the car, I think we were just running a bit too low in qualifying. That made me lift in the corners a little and that's why we were slower. The important thing is tomorrow and I'm sure we'll have a good pace in the race."
Keith Wiggins, Team Owner:
"After this morning we were fairly confident we'd have a good run but in fact, we didn't' quite do it. We're slightly frustrated that we could have been a bit quicker but overall it is definitely progress."