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Viso confirmed as Andretti-HVM co-entry

Viso himself said that it had taken a lot of work to bring the deal together between Team Venezuela, HVM and Andretti Autosport over the winter, and that initially he'd been looking at piecing together his own team for 2013: "Yeah, Team Viso, Team Viso Venezuela is what has been pretty much on the radar in the last year and a half. It was a great thing that I promoted back home," he said.

"When we let go of starting our own program as an independent program and we definitely thought about what would be the best option then, definitely where we ended up doing right now was what we considered was going to be the most beneficial partnership that we could find," he explained.

"It's been a bit of a process putting all of this together, but today I'm very excited and happy, and honoured and proud that I counted with backing from my group," he told reporters on Thursday. "The sponsors, they come from my country, and they just pretty much merged together and created Team Venezuela, which later on created a partnership with Andretti Autosport.

"Keith is a person that I worked together with for two years. He has a great knowledge, he's been involved pretty much in every top category in the world, including F1," he continued. "Having him back together in the program is really nice. I like working with people that have the same passion that I do. We just are putting energy together, and I believe that this year is going to be a really good one."

Viso added that he had high hopes that he would fit in with the exiting trio of Andretti Autosport drivers in 2013.

"I like the three drivers and I think each one of them have their own forté," he said. "Obviously, Ryan winning the championship - that's a great momentum that the team has, that hopefully we can continue."

Viso said that his race engineer would be Mike Cannon with whom he worked at HVM in his two seasons with the team in 2008-9, and that his race strategy would be called by Paul "Ziggy" Harcus.

"We speak the same language," said Viso of his pre-existing relationship with Cannon. "I believe we can create some great performances in this team together. Here we are five years later and I feel very honoured.

"I believe it's going to be a great combination together with the other three crews and all the more experienced drivers on this team, so I'm really looking forward to all of this team work," he said.



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