Thursday, February 7, 2013

Viso to Andretti/HVM Partnership

Money may not be able to buy you love, but it sure can get you an IndyCar ride.

EJ Viso has been confirmed to the fourth Andretti seat, which will be a partnership with HVM Racing and use their Leader Circle position. The team will be entered as PDVSA Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport. Viso entered IndyCar with HVM and Michael Cannon as his engineer when reunification occurred in 2008. He scored a fourth place finish in his second race at St. Petersburg and scored six top tens in his rookie season.

However, Viso has been more known for his tendency to wreck cars, despite a fast pace and changing numbers every season. He scored a podium at Iowa in 2010 but successful results have been few and far between for Viso. He has scored top tens in each of his five seasons in IndyCar but for his 17 career top tens, he has 26 finishes of 20th or worse in his 82 career starts and has never scored higher than 17th in the final championship standings.

Viso will be occupying one of the 22 Leader Circle positions, bringing the tentative full-time grid to 23. He is the 13th Chevrolet driver announced and his partnership with HVM ends any possibility of Katherine Legge being loaned to the team from Dragon Racing.