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Viso set for second IndyCar season.


Ernesto Viso looks set for a second season in the IndyCar Series after apparently agreeing terms to rejoin the HVM Racing outfit that gave him the chance to graduate from GP2 in 2008.

The Venezuelan had been set to contest the Champ Car World Series with Minardi Team USA, and remained on board when Keith Wiggins shrugged off the loss of Paul Stoddart as partner and took his rebranded squad to the newly-unified championship. Despite having to adapt quickly to the very different Dallara-Honda package and get used to racing on ovals, Viso finished 18th overall, with a best race finish of fourth second time out in St Petersburg.

He attracted a fair amount of criticism for a robust driving style, but provided some of the most spectacular action of the season. He also missed the Nashville race due to an attack of the mumps, which hindered his bid to keep pace in the rookie of the year standings.

Now, although HVM has yet to confirm its movements for 2009, Viso has revealed that he has secured an agreement to return with Wiggins' squad for a second season.

According to an e-mail sent to the Indianapolis Star, Viso confirmed his return - apparently after both sides had agreed to him exploring other options - and revealed that he expects to have former Minardi pilot Robert Doornbos as team-mate in an expanded two-car line-up that mirrors HVM's expansion into the supporting Indy Lights category.

Doornbos, who is currently performing for the Netherlands in the A1 Grand Prix series and won races for AC Milan in the inaugural Superleague Formula initiative, drove for Wiggins in the final season of Champ Car in 2007, having previously raced for Minardi in F1.

The Dutchman, who missed out on rookie honours to Will Power in 2007, was rumoured to be chasing an IndyCar ride throughout last season, and had been tabbed as a possible replacement for Sebastien Bourdais at Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing prior to Justin Wilson signing with the championship-winning outfit.


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Indy Racing League.  29-31 August 2008, Detroit Grand Prix. Belle Isle.  Detroit, Michigan. 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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