As expected after his appearance in the paddock at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Ernesto Viso is to test a Champ Car with a view to joining the series next season.

The only surprise is that the Venezuelan's debut will come with Minardi Team USA and not the PKV Racing outfit that he spent the Mexican weekend with.

Viso will join the Paul Stoddart/Keith Wiggins-run team at Sebring next Monday and Tuesday, as the Champ Car testing season gets underway.

Minardi Team USA is the second team to reveal a test/evaluation outing in as many days, with the recently-renamed Forsythe/Pettit Racing squad announcing that Champ Car Atlantic rookie titlewinner Franck Perera would get two days at the wheel, at MSR Houston, this week.

Viso flew to Minardi's Indianapolis base fresh from fifth place and fastest lap in the recent Barcelona 24 Hours, having held talks with several teams while paying his visit to the final round of the Champ Car series earlier this month.

Clearly not ring-rusty despite sitting out most of the season after his F1 ambitions fizzled out, and suffering no lingering effects of his massive GP2 shunt at Magny-Cours, the Venezuelan hopes to impress enough to be offered a ride in Champ Car for 2008 should he not succeed in breaking into F1.

"We are still in negotiations with a view to Formula One, and that continues to be the first option, but we haven't closed the door on exploring other options, such as Champ Car, especially with a competitive team," Viso's manager, Ali Gursoy, confirmed, "A third alternative we have is to return to the GP2 Series, where we have had proposals, but we would only return with the intention of winning the title."

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