HVM RACING SCORES FIRST TOP-10 FINISH ON OVAL AT MILWAUKEE Milwaukee, WI (June 1, 2008) -HVM Racing's E.J. Viso started the ABC Supply/ AJ Foyt 225 from the 10th position, which was his best starting position so far this season. He finished...
HVM RACING SCORES FIRST TOP-10 FINISH ON OVAL AT MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee, WI (June 1, 2008) -HVM Racing's E.J. Viso started the ABC Supply/ AJ Foyt 225 from the 10th position, which was his best starting position so far this season. He finished 8th in the race, which is his second best finishing position this year, and best on an oval.
The car was very good early on and E.J. was able to maneuver through traffic quite easily. He took care of his tires and by lap 37 he was up to the 7th position. He had some difficulty navigating into the shortened pit stall due to the congested pit lane, but managed to stay in the top 10 after his first stop. He once again clawed his way through traffic up to 6th place, but toward the end of his third stint the tires were going away and the car became difficult to drive. He drifted into the marbles on lap 199, but suffered no damage to the #33 PDVSA Dallara. He pitted for the final time on lap 200 and came out in 12th. He passed one more car on-track for 11th and would eventually be classified 8th after a late crash on lap 221 in front of E.J. that caused the race to end under yellow.
This is E.J.'s 2nd highest finishing position thus far (St. Petersburg- 4th) and his best on an oval (Kansas- 14th).
Next up for E.J. and HVM Racing is the Bombardier LearJet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway which will be E.J.'s 2nd night race in his career.
E.J. moves up to 13th in IndyCar Standings, and improves to 3rd for the Bombardier LearJet Rookie of the Year.
"Today was a roller coaster of a race. We ran well early on but the car started to go away in the third stint. It was difficult to maintain my position at the end and I just got close to hitting the wall. Despite that, a top-ten finish is good for the team and it's our best so far on an oval. Now we have to face the challenge of Texas next week and I'm definitely up for it."
Keith Wiggins, Team Owner:
"Once again we had a fast car. The third stint wasn't as quick and E.J.'s brush with the wall towards the end caused us to lose quite a few positions. We're happy that we are competitive, but we just lost out at the end."