Andretti Autosport won the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship with driver Ryan Hunter-Reay and in 2013 were looking to become a four-car opertion instead of just three. On Thursday they made that happen by announcing that EJ Viso will drive their fourth car in a joint effort with HVM Racing. The official name of the team will be PDVSA Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport.
Viso started his IndyCar career as a 23 year-old with KVM Racing in 2008. He also ran the 2009 season for Keith Wiggins' HVM team before moving to KV Racing the past three seasons. His best points finish was 17th in 2010 with KV Racing and he is looking for a breakthrough in 2013 with his new team.
“Since September I’ve been working to put together my own organization, but as things were progressing with the other teams I was talking to, some things were falling apart with them," Viso said. "So little by little I’ve been talking with Michael Andretti. It actually started about three years ago with Michael, and recently, we started talking again and it went pretty quickly with bringing Keith Wiggins into the plans. We understand each other’s goals and came up with this deal in about a week.”
Now at 27-years old from Venezeula Viso is won't officially be running under the Andretti Autosport banner but will basically be a fourth car in the operation. He will share technical resources, engineering data and debrief with Andretti’s three existing drivers Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, and Marco Andretti.
“We are happy to welcome E.J. to the team and to again be running four cars,” Michael Andretti said. “He has shown speed in his early years as a driver which we view as very promising, and his personality will lend well to the overall chemistry of the drivers and crew. I’d like to thank Keith (Wiggins) and HVM for their assistance in this project.”
Michael Cannon will be the engineer for Viso. The two were paired at HVM Racing in the 2008 and 2009 seasons and will make a reunion together.
Team Venezeuela is a conglomerate of sponsors from Venezeula that have been teamed with Viso over the last few seasons in an effort to support his racing. They will all have logos featured on the car.Tags: Andretti Autosport, EJ Viso, hvm racing, IndyCar Series, James Hinchcliffe, Keith Wiggins, Marco Andretti, Michael Andretti, Michael Cannon, Motorsports, Ryan Hunter-Reay