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IndyCar Driver Review: E.J. Viso

Nov 27, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

E.J. Viso AP

With the IndyCar season in the books and a limited amount of news to come since the season finale at Fontana, my MotorSportsTalk colleague Chris Estrada and are taking a look back at the 2013 season just past. Chris and I each ranked our top 10 drivers and some of the biggest stories; now we take a look back at the field driver-by-driver.

In 15th place, Andretti’s fourth driver, E.J. Viso…

2013 SEASON PREVIEW

E.J. Viso

  • Team: Andretti Autosport
  • 2012: 20th Place, Best Finish 5th, Best Start 5th
  • 2013: 15th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 1st (Inherited Detroit Race 1), 2 Top-5, 7 Top-10, 15 Laps Led, 11.1 Avg. Start, 12.9 Avg. Finish

DiZinno says: Viso had a truly top flight ride for the first time in his six-year IndyCar career, with Andretti Autosport and teammates Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe and Andretti. I’m not going to say he didn’t capitalize on it; in fact, his qualifying run in the first half of the season was in fact one of the best in the field. But he never seemed able to maximize it on race day; whether it was strategy calls gone awry, poor caution timing or poor luck, Viso never had a truly standout race or result. Milwaukee, for the second straight year, was his best effort. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his illness that kept him out at Fontana will have a reverberating after-effect. I like E.J., but I’m not sure we’ll see him in an IndyCar again.

Estrada says: Armed with a proper array of resources at Andretti Autosport, Viso still found himself stuck mostly with anonymous, mid-pack results outside of nice efforts at Milwaukee (fourth) and Toronto Race 2 (fifth). Most noticeable was his run of six consecutive Top-5 starts, but outside of Milwaukee, those good qualifying efforts were left unconverted; a fourth-place start at Indy was squandered because of a long final stop, starts of first and fifth on Belle Isle both ended in 17th-place finishes, and a penalty for hitting pit equipment knocked him back at Texas before he finished 10th from another P5 start. Things just never worked out, and now, we’re left to wonder if he’ll be back on the grid next season.

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