Although the team did not disclose names in its confirmation of a two-car entry in this year's amalgamated IndyCar Series, Ernesto Viso appears favourite to land the lead HVM Racing seat.

The Venezuelan tested with Minardi Team USA, which Wiggins ran in conjunction with ex-F1 team boss Paul Stoddart in 2007, during the off-season with a view to racing in Champ Car this year, and has backing that he could bring to HVM in order to secure the ride in the IndyCar Series. With Robert Doornbos likely to join Stoddart in avoiding the IRL, Viso is high on Wiggins' list.

"He's very quick and he's got a sponsor, so we're trying to get everything nailed down," he told, "We've still got [engineer] Michael Cannon, Vince Kremer, Darryl Fox, Kevin Lee, Bob Hatch and 26 total people. We had to let a couple go because, right now, we're only planning to run one car."

Wiggins' revelation that he is only planning a single entry contradicts the news put out by IndyCar earlier in the week, but is thought to refer to the period leading up to May's Indianapolis 500, after which the team could expand to the two-car line-up initially expected.

What is definite, however, is that Stoddart will not be involved, despite giving up his F1 dreams and decamping to Champ Car last year. The Australian is in his native Melbourne for this weekend's Formula One race and has hinted that he may instead be tempted back to the FIA series.

Wiggins, meanwhile, is determined to keep his programme alive under the HVM banner, which it race a handful of years back in Champ Car.

"Paul told me a few days ago [that] he wouldn't be involved and to shut everything down, but we've got a lot of good people and I decided to keep this thing going," he said, "We got a car yesterday and, [while] I don't know if we can make next week's test at Sebring, our plan is for HVM to go forward on its own and run the full IRL schedule."