Mid-Ohio: HVM Racing qualifying report

HVM Racing will start 17th in Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The team had high hopes heading into Saturday's qualifying session after proving to have a fast car at the end of Friday's practice sessions. Team driver...

HVM Racing will start 17th in Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The team had high hopes heading into Saturday's qualifying session after proving to have a fast car at the end of Friday's practice sessions.

Team driver E.J. Viso and the No. 33 PDVSA HVM Racing team put up the sixth best time during Friday's final practice with a time of 1:08:5253 seconds.

In qualifying, Viso qualified in the first of two groups of session one. The top six drivers advanced out of the group of 13 drivers. The team had 20 minutes to post their best lap and it took only two before Viso landed in the top six fast times. Viso battled closely with several drivers for the sixth fastest time and the right to advance to the next session. In the end, the team just missed the cut and will start 17th on Sunday.

Comments from team owner Keith Wiggins after qualifying at Mid-Ohio:

"We didn't expect to be in this position after the positive practice sessions we had on Friday and this morning. The team has been fast all weekend, and that's why it's a bit disheartening not to have had a better result today.

"But, it pays to be fast on race day, and that's something we've proven to be so far this season."

Comments from team driver E.J. Viso after qualifying at Mid-Ohio:

"I really thought we were going to be quicker than what we were today. We've been near the front in all our previous practices, so we thought the same thing for qualifying.

The traffic really hurt our momentum and the track has changed since this morning which affected the handling of the car. Michael (lead engineer Michael Cannon) and I are going to discuss the changes we'll need to make to be successful during the race."

-credit: hvm

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