HVM Racing Celebrates First Season in IndyCar Series with 200th Start Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. This weekend HVM Racing will mark a milestone in the team's history when driver E.J. Viso takes the green flag at the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300...
HVM Racing Celebrates First Season in IndyCar Series with 200th Start Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.
This weekend HVM Racing will mark a milestone in the team's history when driver E.J. Viso takes the green flag at the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 at the Chicagoland Speedway. It will be the 200th start for a team that was acquired by owner Keith Wiggins in late 2000.
A winning organization, HVM Racing has earned the majority of their success in the former CART and Champ Car World Series. Wiggins built a group of individuals who are committed to the team and to winning. It was this formula that has led to six wins, 22 podiums, two poles and almost half their race finishes in the top-10. Many of the individuals that celebrated the team's first win in Australia with Mario Dominguez continue to work for HVM Racing today.
This season, after the unification of open-wheel racing in North America, Wiggins decided to move ahead and join the IRL IndyCar Series with rookie driver E.J. Viso. Viso has become one of the many bright stars to have been molded at HVM Racing joining the likes of Dominguez, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Robert Doornbos among others.
Comments from HVM Racing Team Owner Keith Wiggins heading into this weekend's events:
"Reaching 200 starts is a great milestone, but you don't really think too much about what you've done in the past more than looking ahead to the next 200 starts and being stronger and more competitive. We're a team that has been fortunate to have had success in the past and have done so with many different drivers in many varying circumstances. We've been able to help some young guys and give them the opportunities to be successful. That was again the case this season with E.J.
"Of course, this season was full of new challenges with the unification of our sport. It was a positive move in every way, but it didn't allow for many teams to fully prepare for the IndyCar schedule. We had already made plans for a full season on the Champ Car circuit. Saying that, I think we've had our ups and downs with having a new car, only one driver, visiting new tracks and a driver new to ovals and the U.S. That was a lot to take on in one season, but we still had high expectations and will continue to do so moving forward.
"The future is bright for open-wheel racing in North America. We have one series with a new television package for next year, we will return to some premier events such as Toronto and Long Beach and the league is studying various engine packages with additional manufacturers for the future. These factors all point to positive things for fans, teams and their commercial partners.
"As a team, we're ready for the next step in our history. We will have a season under our belt and an upcoming winter test program moving forward. Chicago is the final new track as Australia is already a known for us, having won their twice. We'll take these last two events to try and reach our goal this year of winning a race and continue to build for an even more successful 2009."