Venezuelan E.J. Viso will complete the four-car tandem at Andretti Autosport for 2013. Viso, will bring Team Venezuela and a partnership with HVM to Andretti and run the No. 5 Chevrolet full-time in â€™13.
Viso is a five-year veteran of the IZOD IndyCar Series and started with HVM in the No. 13 Honda in his first season. He bolted for a three-year stint with KV Racing and showed some promise but fell out of contention in many races due to drivers error. He was very fast everywhere the series went but crashed a lot.
He now rejoins HVM with an alliance with Andretti who just won the series championship with Ryan Hunter-Reay last season in efforts to finally get his first career victory. Viso also brings PDVSA whoâ€™s been his sponsor since day one in the series with him to AA/HVM.
With this announcement and the news this week of James Jakes to Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan in the No. 30 Honda full-time in â€™13, it bring the total car count to 23 full-time entries. That basically leaves two seats open with both of them being at Dale Coyne Racing.
Justin Wilson is likely to take the No. 18 Honda with DCR after rejoining them last season. That deal is all but finalized and would leave just one open seat for â€™13 unless other rides come up.
Team Penske and A.J. Allmendinger announced this morning that Allmendinger would test one of Penskeâ€™s cars at Sebring later this month with the possibility of running the Indianapolis 500 in May. Iâ€™m hearing from sources that Allmendinger would run three races in tune-up for May if the test goes well. That would be a 26th car on the grid at times this season to go along with a third car for at least Long Beach by RLL with Mike Conway in the car.
Itâ€™s safe to say this season there shouldnâ€™t be low car counts to worry about as quality drivers will be in rides. Australian Ryan Briscoe needs to find funding to get in one of the Coyne cars or possibility of hopping in Graham Rahalâ€™s old ride.
Sebastian Saveedra who had a deal with Conquest and Andretti Autosport last season for three races has hinted that he had a deal and would be announcing something soon. I can confirm heâ€™s in Indy doing some work now. That could be a 24th full-time entry as well.
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevy
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevy
4 J.R. Hildebrand Panther Racing Chevy
5 E.J. Viso Andretti Autosport/HVM Chevy
6 Katherine Legge? Dragon Racing Chevy
7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Racing Chevy
9 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
10 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing Chevy
12 Will Power Team Penske Chevy
14 Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda
15 Graham Rahal Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Honda
20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy
22 Oriol Servia Panther Racing/DRR Chevy
25 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Chevy
27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Chevy
30 James Jakes Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Honda
55 Tristian Vautier R Sam Schmidt/Peterson/Hamilton Racing Honda
67 Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher/Hartman Racing Honda
77 Simon Pagenaud Sam Schmidt/Peterson/Hamilton Racing
78 Simona de Silvestro KV Racing Chevy
83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi Racing Honda
98 Alex Tagliani Barracuda/Herta Autosport Honda
41 Chase Austin R A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda
Mike Conway Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Honda
A.J. Allmendinger? Team Penske Chevy
18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda
19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Ganassi Racing Honda
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