STELLAR PERFORMANCE BLUNTED BY PITLANE BLIMPS FOR HVM RACING Fort Worth, Texas (June 7, 2008)- PDVSA HVM Racing and driver E.J. Viso put together a fantastic spectacle for the first third of the Bombardier LearJet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway,...
STELLAR PERFORMANCE BLUNTED BY PITLANE BLIMPS FOR HVM RACING
Fort Worth, Texas (June 7, 2008)- PDVSA HVM Racing and driver E.J. Viso put together a fantastic spectacle for the first third of the Bombardier LearJet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway, and ultimately finished the race in 14th place.
Starting from 28th following a poor performance in qualifying, E.J. Viso knew that he had to move quickly through the field to keep up with the leaders. After passing 8 cars in the first 3 laps he managed to get up to 10th by lap 36. His car was responding well and he tucked himself behind the leaders in a "waiting mode." At the next re-start he made another move gaining another 3 positions.
He stayed in that part of the field moving between 7th and 8th until almost mid-race. The third pit stop went smoothly until race officials called the PDVSA HVM Racing car number 33 for a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pits.
At this stage, being two laps down and the race for the lead over, the team took the decision to save fuel and run longer stints to try and eventually get back on the same lap as the leaders.
It almost paid off and without the last caution E.J. Viso could have made it closer to the top. PDVSA HVM Racing finished 14th which given where they started is an overall good result.
Keith Wiggins - PDVSA HVM Racing principal said:
"Our performance showed once again that we are capable of finishing in the top five, and only the pit lane penalty spoiled that potential today. I am encouraged by our performance despite the hick up in the pits.
We are progressing at each race and slowly but surely starting to regularly run with the top teams.
Now, we have a much, needed break before going into the long back-to-backs of mid-summer."
E.J. Viso - PDVSA HVM Racing's car number 33 driver said:
"The team gave me a great car and we had a strategy to finish in the top 10. The first third of the race went very well as I was cruising towards the top 5 by lap 100. But on the next pit stop, I had an issue with speeding in the pits, which hit us hard. The drive through penalty that followed ruined our whole race.
I feel sorry for the guys who have worked very hard to give me an outstanding car and did a great job in the pits.
I am now heading home for few days and we will be back in Iowa to continue our journey towards the top."