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Viso angered by Moraes.

EJ Viso has lashed out at fellow second year IndyCar Series driver Mario Moraes following not one, but two, incidents of contact between them during Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto.

Despite starting a disappointed 16th on the series' first visit to the former Champ Car venue, Viso's HVM team kept the #13 Dallara-Honda competitive throughout and a second top ten finish of a troubled season appeared to be in sight. Viso was running in seventh position with just 13 laps of the 85 remaining when he pushed into the wall as Moraes tried to dive to the inside of turn three, and the collision also left the #13 with a right rear puncture, forcing the team to make an unscheduled third stop.

“We were a bit scared at the start because we didn't test [in the warm-up] and we had plenty of changes to the car because we had a [driveshaft] failure mechanical failure, but we were having a good race," Viso fumed, "I need to say that the changes were all positive, everything was going good and we had a good strategy. Everything was paying off - then I had a big hit on the rear tyre, and I got a flat because Moraes got into me in the braking of corner three. That's disappointing. That's what put me in position 13."

What really incensed the Venezuelan, however, was a second altercation between the pair after the chequered flag, prompting him to refer to his assailant in a Facebook update as 'a monkey with a bag of money'.

“The race was over - I already had my visor open, I was drinking water - and, you can see it in the video, he came once more," Viso confirmed, "He just hit me and spun me in the back straight. I can't understand what he was thinking. The race was over.”

HVM team principal Keith Wiggins was equally frustrated by the earlier incident, feeling that a season-high result may have gone begging.

“We worked on developing the set-up of the car over the course of the weekend and we were confident we would have a good car for the race," he said, "Once again, we were focusing on the race strategy, which was playing out well until the incident with Moraes. That, unfortunately, took us out of a top six finish.”

Moraes has already attracted criticism from other sections of the IndyCar field, most notably from Marco Andretti after the pair clashed on the opening lap of the Indianapolis 500 in May [see story HERE]. Continuing his Toronto race with a front wing clearly damaged in the contact with Viso, he became embroiled in the lap 75 tangle as Tomas Scheckter, trying to pass on the inside of turn three, was collected by Alex Tagliani. Moraes eventually finished eleventh.


Tagged as: HVM , EJ Viso , Mario Moraes , collision

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Mario Moraes collects EJ Viso on warm-down lap in Toronto   [pic credit: IRL/Versus]
Mario Moraes collects EJ Viso on the warm-down lap in Toronto   [pic credit: IRL/Versus]
Mario Moraes collects EJ Viso on the warm-down lap in Toronto   [pic credit: IRL/Versus]
James Hinchcliffe and Ed Carpenter collision (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe and Ed Carpenter collision (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
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.)
Marco and Mario Andretti confer on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway - June 7, 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote 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)

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RawDawg

July 13, 2009 2:44 PM

Moraes is a bone head. How do you punt a guy accidentally on the cool down lap? concerning Tracy and Helio, the first bit on contact looked like a racing deal. But fighting for the next corner, it looked like Helio just ran Tracy into the wall. That's really not like Helio, especially since he's fighting for all the points he can get. I'm wondering if something was already broken on his car because it was a left turn and he was already on the inside yet he car went right! Or maybe he was just pi55ed at Tracy!

Dodgy Foreigner - Unregistered

July 13, 2009 7:21 PM

It did look like Castroneves ran Tracy into the wall, but if you look a bit closer, you can see that the tangling tyres caused his car to veer to the right. I definitely think it was a racing incident (as they both did)... it was only a matter of time before Tracy had an altercation with someone... he's always driven with no mercy!



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