Watkins Glen: HVM Racing race report

HVM Racing picked up their second consecutive top-10 finish during Sunday's Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen. The finish, however, did not reflect the teams performance during Sunday's event. Driver E.J. Viso and the No. 33 PDVSA HVM Racing...

HVM Racing picked up their second consecutive top-10 finish during Sunday's Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen. The finish, however, did not reflect the teams performance during Sunday's event.

Driver E.J. Viso and the No. 33 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda started the day from the 15th position in the 60-lap affair. The race was interrupted early (lap 6) by a caution. During the caution period, the team took fuel and made a minor wing adjustment. The car handled well and Viso eventually moved as high as third before making a green flag pit stop. Viso returned to the track and raced strong in the 10th position. The team's strategy was playing out well, and they were in good position for the end of the race.

The team then had contact with another car on lap 40 while making a move in the top-10. The result of the contact sent the car of Vitor Meira off the track. League officials reviewed the incident and determined that the contact was avoidable. The team was penalized and sent to the back of the field in the 14th position.

Viso and the rest of the HVM Racing team refocused and remained determined to finish in the top-10. The final 17 laps were plagued by four more cautions. The cautions gave Viso the opportunity to pass cars on the restart. Viso took full advantage and was able to climb back to 10th.

It's the teams fifth top-10 of the season and fifth consecutive finish in the top-15. HVM Racing next moves to the 1.33-mile Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway for Saturday night's Firestone 200.

Comments from team owner Keith Wiggins after Sunday's race at Watkins Glen International:

"The penalty was disappointing, but we were able to recover and get a top-10 finish. I think this proves that we can overcome different obstacles that can come up during a race. We had some positive momentum after a top-10 finish at Richmond coming into this event. Today was another top-10 finish despite the on-track incident. Hopefully we can continue to improve our progress heading into Nashville.

"The team was strong throughout the day. We were able to race to the front, and I was pleased with our strategy. Everything was falling into place before the penalty. They guys, however, never gave up. They kept their focus and completed the task at hand."

Comments from E.J. Viso after Sunday's race at Watkins Glen International:

"I think everyone is a little disappointed in the result. We had a car and strategy that was probably going to put us in the top-five at the end of the day. We were sent to the back and didn't have a lot of time to get back where we were before the penalty. I'm happy that we were able to get back to 10th, but it could have been a lot better finish."

-credit: hvmr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Vitor Meira
Teams HVM Racing