Edmonton: HVM Racing qualifying report

HVM Racing and E.J. Viso will start the Rexall Edmonton Indy in the 14th position after trying multiple set-ups before qualifying Saturday on the rough and racy Edmonton City Centre Airport track. The No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara was...

HVM Racing and E.J. Viso will start the Rexall Edmonton Indy in the 14th position after trying multiple set-ups before qualifying Saturday on the rough and racy Edmonton City Centre Airport track.

The No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara was just over a tenth of a second from advancing to the second qualifying round, posting a lap time of 1:02.424 in Round One. Viso had been seven tenths faster, but lost his best lap after a brush with the wall. As did most of the competition, the car found its best speed after switching to the softer red Firestone tires after starting the session on primary blacks.

HVM Racing has been working this week to find the best set-up for the 14-turn course, which is one of the most challenging tracks in the series. Viso will now look to take advantage of passing opportunities on the wide turns of the airport circuit for Sunday's race.

Coverage of the Rexall Edmonton Indy starts at 5 p.m. Sunday on Versus.

Comments from HVM Racing Team Principal and Owner Keith Wiggins after qualifying at Edmonton:

"Edmonton is a very tricky track and a difficult one to get a perfect set-up. If you counted the number of cars that spun or wound up in the grass over the past couple days, you'll understand.

"We didn't qualify as high as we had expected, but now we will just continue to focus on our race strategy for tomorrow. Our street-course strategies have worked well for us in the past and we hope to continue that here tomorrow."

Comments from PDVSA HVM Racing Team Driver E.J. Viso after qualifying at Edmonton:

"This weekend has been pretty tough for us. We started yesterday trying some new things. We thought they were going to make us faster but they didn't. So basically yesterday we struggled with the lap times.

"Today we went back to our usual set-up, and in qualifying we had a much more competitive car. Another 1.9 tenths was going to put us into the second part of qualifying. But it didn't happen. So we are just looking to tomorrow's race."

-credit: hvmr

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