HVM Racing recorded its second Top-10 finish of the season at the Infineon Indy Grand Prix Sunday after some last-lap passing by Robert Doornbos put the No. 33 HVM Racing Honda Dallara across the finish line 10th. Unfortunately, the solid finish...
HVM Racing recorded its second Top-10 finish of the season at the Infineon Indy Grand Prix Sunday after some last-lap passing by Robert Doornbos put the No. 33 HVM Racing Honda Dallara across the finish line 10th. Unfortunately, the solid finish by the 33 car was coupled with a disappointing result for E.J. Viso after his No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara was knocked out of the race on the opening lap.
Viso started from the 13th position and had a good start at the green flag. But an accident ahead of him left Tony Kanaan's car sideways in Turn 2, right in Viso's path. He steered to try to avoid contact but clipped Kanaan with the left front of the 13 car. Damage to the suspension could not be repaired in time for Viso to return to the race, and he ended the day in 22nd place.
Doornbos started in the 15th position and was able to move into sixth in the opening laps when he was able to steer around a wreck in front of him and after multiple cars pitted for repairs. He made his first pit stop on Lap 25, switching from Firestone red tires to blacks, and then stayed in the middle of the pack, reporting some handling issues. His second pit stop on Lap 50 put him back on red tires for more grip, and he stayed mid-pack for most of the remaining laps. In some last-lap action, Doornbos was able to take advantage of contact between Marco Andretti and Scott Dixon to slip past both cars to move into 10th position, where he took the checkered flag.
Earlier in the day, the debut of HVM Racing's Firestone Indy Lights car resulted in an 18th-place finish for rookie driver Juan Pablo Garcia in Sunday's Carneros 100. Garcia went off course shortly after the green flag and drove the rest of the race a lap down.
The team now has a short week to prepare for Saturday night's PEAK Anti-Freeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Comments from HVM Racing Team Principal and Owner Keith Wiggins after the Infineon Indy Grand Prix:
"Obviously, it was disappointing for E.J. to be taken out on the opening lap. The team worked hard to repair the car after the incident in practice yesterday, and we were ready to see what we could do.
"Robert had a solid finish and did a nice job on the last lap to gain two spots for a Top-10. His car also underwent significant repairs after a practice incident on Saturday, so that crew battled back also."
Comments from PDVSA HVM Racing Team Driver E.J. Viso after the Infineon Indy Grand Prix:
"We had a very good start. I had a very good first corner -- I think I overtook two or three cars. And as soon as I was in the apex of Corner 2, I just found Tony Kanaan sideways and I just tried to do my best to avoid him. But he was sideways but still moving forward, so I didn't have an option."
Comments from HVM Racing Driver Robert Doornbos after the Infineon Indy Grand Prix:
"What a day. It's such a long day when we are not as competitive as we should be. I'm sorry for the guys behind me, I was just holding them up in the beginning, but I was just doing everything I could to stay on the track.
"Obviously we had a mega start. We got about eight positions at the start, so we were running in sixth place. That was good. I was able to pass Dixon and Andretti on the last lap, which was good. But the pace was just not there."