HVM RACING AND EJ VISO READY FOR ST. PETE St. Petersburg, FL (April 2, 2008) - With the season-opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway under their belts, HVM Racing and EJ Viso are looking forward to showcasing their abilities on a...
HVM RACING AND EJ VISO READY FOR ST. PETE
St. Petersburg, FL (April 2, 2008) - With the season-opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway under their belts, HVM Racing and EJ Viso are looking forward to showcasing their abilities on a much more familiar racing platform- the street course. The Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this weekend, April 4-6, will be the first of six street/road courses on the 2008 IndyCar Series schedule and a chance for EJ Viso and HVM to return to their roots.
The team traveled to Sebring International Raceway Tuesday morning for three hours of testing that was slotted in for both HVM and Newman Haas Lanigan Racing after both teams missed the earlier scheduled road course test. The initial shake-down laps that EJ Viso put down were productive after all systems checks had been completed and the testing plan to run for the afternoon was put into place. Unfortunately Mother Nature did not cooperate and the session was interrupted by heavy showers and did not let up before the 7:00pm end time. Despite only turning 25 laps, the team did get a chance to make sure that their hours of work converting the Dallara from oval configuration to road course configuration were complete, and the car ran flawlessly for the few laps on track.
EJ Viso heads to St. Pete in the 17th position in the Championship, and 4th in Rookie points. He hopes to improve on this standing before getting back in the DP01 in two weeks at Long Beach.
"I was very glad to get back in the car yesterday and have a chance to test the street race set-up. I was very impressed with the Dallara at Sebring, and while it's different from the DP01, it's very good. Even though we didn't get to run very much, the few laps we did turn gave me and the rest of the team the confidence to go to St. Pete and do well. I'm really looking forward to this weekend and the rest of the season."
Keith Wiggins, Team Owner:
"Well, we are back to a street race and a great one, at St Pete. Getting here in IRL spec. has been a challenge for the crew, following the two week changeover to the Series, and then the damage at Homestead at our first race, so we are really pushing up-hill for our first few events. The team is doing a great job fighting through it all. We have no experience of the Dallara on a street course, but we do know the street course. We have to be grateful for any pluses we get. Having said all of this, we are working towards the bigger long term goal of being a competitive IndyCar Series team by 2009 and so this is all part of the game and it is great to be in the battle. We have built ourselves into a good position before and will do it again. These will soon be just fond memories and I am optimistic that we will make good progress this weekend."