Ernesto Viso continues to attract praise and criticism alike during his debut season in the IndyCar Series, with more of the latter coming his way after a controversial brush with Vitor Meira in the Camping World Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.

Viso, who had been due to graduate to the Champ Car World Series from GP2 this season, made the switch to IndyCars along with the rebranded HVM team but came under fire for his wayward driving during the opening oval rounds. The Venezuelan had never raced on a banked track before Homestead, and drew the ire of several rivals - including the notoriously outspoken Danica Patrick - as he learned the ropes.

Viso's speed has never been in question, and that pace remained as he appeared to tidy up his act. Dan Wheldon, initially wary of the newcomer, admitted to revising his belief that Viso was 'crazy' from meaning 'dangerous' to meaning 'exciting'. Meira, however, dragged up all the earlier criticism after the pair came together in the latter stages of Sunday's road course event.

The Brazilian had led the race and appeared on course to fight for a possible podium when Viso dived down the inside of the Panther Racing entry at turn nine on the swooping Watkins Glen International course. Although the gap appeared legitimate, the HVM car then ran wide on exit and contact with the front of Meira's machine sent the Brazilian spearing into the barriers.

"Viso just took me out - it's that simple," the Brazilian fumed, having remonstrated at his rival the next time he passed the scene, "He's a driver that everybody out here has had a problem with, and it's about time the Indy Racing League does something about it.

"He's dangerous. He's caused problems on oval tracks and now he's causing problems on road courses. I feel bad for the Delphi National Guard guys because the car was so good and somebody like him just screws it up for all of us."

Meira, who also ranted at Franck Perera after an incident at St Petersburg this season, was eventually classified 22nd, while Viso - branded 'the most dangerous and unpredictable driver in the IndyCar Series' by Panther's no-holds barred post race release - went on to finish tenth for the second successive event, having been penalised for 'avoidable contact' by race officials. He declined to comment on the incident.

"The penalty was disappointing, but we were able to recover and get a top ten finish," team owner Keith Wiggins admitted, "I think this proves that we can overcome the different obstacles that can come up during a race. We had some positive momentum after a top ten finish at Richmond and today was another top ten, despite the on-track incident.

"The team was strong throughout the day. We were able to race to the front, and I was pleased with our strategy. Everything was falling into place before the penalty. Hopefully, we can continue to improve our progress heading into Nashville."