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Viso frustrated for fifth weekend.


A race that started with an early burst of speed for the #13 HVM Racing entry ended, like so many others this year, in disappointment for EJ Viso and Keith Wiggins' hard-working team.

The Venezuelan's PDVSA-backed Dallara was eventually classified in 18th place after completing 175 of the 225 laps at the Milwaukee Mile, after contact with the wall forced an early retirement from the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt 225, but Viso was already in trouble before the impact.

Starting from 17th on the grid, the second-year driver proved typically fast and aggressive from the green flag, passing five cars in the first ten laps to move up to twelfth position, but, several laps later, Viso reported that he could not shift the car out of fifth gear.

Despite the problem, he stayed out on the track, maintaining good lap times, before a car in the wall on lap 57 brought out a yellow flag, enabling Viso to pit the #13 for repairs. The HVM team worked quickly to fix the shifting issue, allowing Viso to returned to the track, albeit 13 laps down in 19th place, and, with a full six gears and the desire to make up some lost ground, he ran consistently strong lap times for the next 100-plus laps.

However, as the race leaders were passing to the low side on lap 191, Viso brushed the wall in turn four, forcing him to pit unscheduled once again. This time, the team determined that, with the suspension broken, there was no way that the car could not return to the track, bringing the curtain down on another frustrating day.

“It was our fifth frustrating weekend of the year, and that's a shame because we felt like we improved from last year," Viso sighed, "But, each race, something happens.

"This week in the team meeting, we agreed to do something aggressive and we had a good car, but something went wrong and the car got stuck in fifth gear. Then, when one of the leaders came by a bit wide, I was in the marbles. It was like I was on ice, and I just kissed the wall.

“Now I'm just looking forward to Texas. We've been preparing for it for the last week-and-a-half and are making some improvements to the car, so I'm excited.”

The #13 team currently sits 19th in the IndyCar Series standings, and owner/principal Wiggins is hoping that the positive aspects of the Milwaukee performance can be repeated.

“The start of the race was encouraging, especially after we didn't qualify as well as we'd hoped," he reflected, "We had decided to take a risk with an aggressive set-up for the race and it looked to be paying off in the beginning. EJ was as fast as the leaders and making some good moves, but then we had some problems come up and we wound up with another disappointing finish.”


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Indy Racing League. 7 May 2009. Indianapolis 500 practice. Indianaoplis Motorspeedway. Indianapolis, Indiana. E.J. Viso.
EJ Viso in pit lane (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
EJ Viso in his car (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
EJ Viso in action during practice on Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
EJ Viso subbing for an injured James Hinchcliffe on Monday at practice for the Indianapolis 500. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sebastian Saavedra, driver of the #6 TrueCar Dragon Racing Chevrolet IndyCar finished 8th and Marco Andretti,, driver of the #25 Dr Pepper Andretti Autosport Chevrolet IndyCar finished 10th Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the Grand Prix of Baltimore on the street circuit in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Michael L. Levitt for Chevy Racing)
EJ Viso, driver of the #5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Andretti Autosport HVM Chevrolet, races to a fifth-place finish Sunday, July 14, 2013 during the IZOD IndyCar Series Race Two in the Streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt for Chevy Racing)
EJ Viso ready for action at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 6 2013.(Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media)
EJ Viso heads to the garage at the Pocono Open Test - July 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media.)
Ryan Hunter-Reay racing EJ Viso in the Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile - Saturday, June 15 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
The Andretti Autosport cars of Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter Reay and EJ Viso during the Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile - Saturday, June 15 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
EJ Viso driving in a wet early qualifying at Detroit Belle Isle - Friday May 31 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
EJ Viso in action at Detroit Belle Isle - Friday May 31 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
EJ Viso at Detroit Belle Isle - Friday May 31 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
EJ Viso during a wet qualifying in Detroit - Friday, May 31, 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
EJ Viso in the ¢5 Andretti-HVM car on the seventh day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Friday May 17, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
EJ Viso leaves pit lane on the seventh day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Friday May 17, 2013. (Picture Credit: Forrest Mellott for IndyCar Media)
EJ Viso on the fourth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Tuesday May 14, 2013. (Picture Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)

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