Indy 500: HVM Racing rookie orientation wrap-up

HVM RACING'S EJ VISO PASSES ROOKIE ORIENTATION PROGRAM WITH FLYING COLORS IN PREPARATION FOR THE 92nd INDY 500 Indianapolis, IN (May 5, 2008) - HVM Racing driver, EJ Viso completed his Rookie Orientation Program with flying colors and now heads...

HVM RACING'S EJ VISO PASSES ROOKIE ORIENTATION PROGRAM WITH FLYING COLORS IN PREPARATION FOR THE 92nd INDY 500

Indianapolis, IN (May 5, 2008) - HVM Racing driver, EJ Viso completed his Rookie Orientation Program with flying colors and now heads into the first full week regular practice session along with the other veteran drivers this Tuesday through Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) consists of four stages, all of which had to be passed and the driver cleared by IndyCar Series President, Brian Barnhart. In each of the four stages 10 laps must be completed. The first stage is 200+ mph; the second stage is 205-210 mph; the third stage is 210-215 mph and then finally, 215+ mph. EJ had no trouble getting his PDVSA Dallara up to speed and passed these four stages on the first day of ROP. His quickest lap was an average speed of 220.445, and this was the 2nd fastest time out of the 13 drivers on Indy 500 Opening Day.

Today EJ continued to log laps, completing 97 total over both days. He now heads into a busy week of practice with the remainder of the entered cars before the first qualification round this Saturday.

EJ Viso:

"So far everything is going smooth. I really like it here, but I think the exciting part begins now. So far we've just been taking it easy, as there are plenty of days and we don't want to use all of our tires up. We are spending some time developing the car and finding more speed. Driving here takes a very different approach than I am used to; you have to think different and drive different from anywhere else. It's really nothing like the first two ovals I drove on (Homestead and Kansas) because it's four corners are completely separate from the long straights. I'm looking forward to the rest of the week with the veterans on track and I think I can learn from them, running close, and find out the reactions of the car in traffic. The team has done a great job and I'm enjoying myself so far!"

Keith Wiggins, Team Owner:

"Now that the first task is out of the way (completing ROP) we can now focus on the next task at hand. It is our first time here as a team and our driver's first time here as well, so we're taking each step one at a time building toward the big race in just over two weeks."

-credit: hvm

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Brian Barnhart , EJ Viso
Teams HVM Racing