HVM Racing's E.J. Viso and Robert Doornbos battled the tricky track of Twin Ring Motegi to qualify 18th and 19th respectively for Saturday's Japan Indy 300. Viso's No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara was the second car out in Friday's...
HVM Racing's E.J. Viso and Robert Doornbos battled the tricky track of Twin Ring Motegi to qualify 18th and 19th respectively for Saturday's Japan Indy 300.
Viso's No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara was the second car out in Friday's qualifying session, which was moved up half an hour to try to beat some anticipated rain. He clocked in an average speed of 197.443 miles per hour with a total lap time of 1:50.8571.
Doornbos went out ninth in the No. 33 HVM Racing Honda Dallara, which had developed some understeer issues since the afternoon practice session. He recorded an average speed of 196.756 with a total lap time of 1:51.2442.
The HVM Racing team has enjoyed the hospitality of the Japanese fans and looks forward to putting on a good performance for Saturday's Japan Indy 300. Versus will televise a recorded broadcast of the qualifying session Friday at 6 p.m. ET and will air the race live Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Comments from HVM Racing Team Principal and Owner Keith Wiggins after qualifying at Motegi
"Our qualifying results are clearly not where we want to be. But we'll keep working hard and focus on tomorrow's race."
Comments from PDVSA HVM Racing Driver E.J. Viso after qualifying at Motegi:
"It's another one of our tetric qualifying runs. Once again everything was looking great. We don't understand how we lost all the speed we built in the previous run in afternoon practice. However, it's a pretty uncommon track, so I think we'll have a good result because I think it suits our car."
Comments from HVM Racing Driver Robert Doornbos after qualifying at Motegi:
"It's great to be here in Motegi -- great facilities from Honda, great warm welcome from all the Japanese fans.
"We worked very hard in practice today. The crew did an awesome job since Chicago to improve the car. We were working in the right direction, and then starting in qualifying we picked up a huge understeer, and we're just slow. We just lost speed in qualifying, and we ended up not where we want to be. So hopefully we'll have better luck tomorrow. It's all about the car here. We put in a lot of effort and I really appreciate it, so thanks to all the guys."