HVM Racing has confirmed, as expected, that Ernesto Viso will return for a second season in the IndyCar Series in 2009.
The Venezuelan, who took seven top-ten finishes in his rookie year, will continue at the wheel of the #33 entry into 2009 as the team retains the same driver for the first time since 2004.
Having run alone in 2008, Viso is also set to benefit from having a team-mate with the outfit expected to name a second driver in due course.
"This is a natural progression and a sensible move for both team and driver," team owner Keith Wiggins said. "It will actually be the first time since 2004 that we have the continuity of retaining the same driver for a second season. That in itself shows a positive picture for our team and the single open-wheel series.
"We are delighted to continue with E.J going into our second IRL season and believe that together we can make big strides in 2009. The addition of a second entry will further strengthen our programme."
Viso himself said he was pleased to confirm his return and admitted that a second car would be a big plus as the team seeks to move forwards.
"We had a good season in 2008 given that it was our 'learning' year and having continuity is a good thing to pursue our progression towards the top," he said. "The team is working on upping our game and our plans to enter a second car are very close to being completed. This obviously will be a big plus."
HVM will also run two cars in the Indy Lights Series for 2009.