CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: HVM Racing race report

BEST RACE OF THE YEAR FOR HVM Rodolfo Lavin Fifth and Bjorn Wirdheim, Top Rookie in Sixth BJORN WIRDHEIM, ...

Rodolfo Lavin Fifth and Bjorn Wirdheim, Top Rookie in Sixth

"The Liqui Moly car was very good all weekend. While I am proud of running in the top-six and qualifying fifth on my first time out on a Superspeedway, I am extremely disappointed because we should have finished on the podium today. We had a good start and ran really strong, fourth throughout the first stint. I came into the pits in second and left toward the back of the pack because of an air jack problem which cost us a lot of time. I did my best to race back to the front and it looked like we might be in fifth but my teammate and I had a great wire-to-wire finish at the end and we brought it home sixth today."

Rodolfo Lavin, #55 HVM/Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone
"It was one of the most difficult weekends of my career. We had a gearbox problem and didn't do any laps in the first practice. We were lucky to qualify seventh since that was our first run of the weekend. During the second practice, I unfortunately touched the wall which forced us to go to the spare car which we were struggling with during warm-up because of an electronic problem and the engine was not pulling right. Basically the race was like flipping a coin because we had no idea what to expect with the car. During the race we had a loose car in traffic; it was tough to drive at times. My engineers did a great job, every pitstop we were doing the best we could to adjust the car but we also had some troubles with the radio. At the end, the car was good on sticker tires, the engine was great during the race and on the last lap, and I had saved just one shot of push-to-pass. I was fighting really hard with Alex Tagliani and my teammate Bjorn (Wirdheim). I think Bjorn did an incredible job being his first race on a Superspeedway. He really helped me out this weekend because I did not have much track time. At the end, that final push-to-pass got me past Bjorn and we finished fifth. I am very proud of that result, two top-five finishes in four races is just great for my sponsor Corona and my team HVM."

Keith Wiggins, Co-Owner/Managing Director: "Rodolfo overcame some difficulties through the weekend; it was a good result and a good race right up to the end. The result for Bjorn was reasonable but obviously disappointing because of what might have been had we not had a bad pitstop, but he did a very good job."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Rodolfo Lavin , Bjorn Wirdheim
Teams HVM Racing