HVM Racing

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The HVM team repairs E. J. Viso's car at the Milwaukee Mile in 2009

HVM Racing is an auto racing team owned by Keith Wiggins that competes in the IndyCar Series. It competed in the Champ Car World Series in 2007 as Minardi Team USA when it was co-owned by Paul Stoddart.[1] It has a long history of changes of ownership, including a previous incarnation as CTE-HVM Racing, co-owned by actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer.

Its 2007 driver lineup was Dan Clarke and ex-Formula One driver Robert Doornbos, who previously raced for Minardi F1.

In the first race of the season, the 2007 Las Vegas Grand Prix, Robert Doornbos made the most successful debut since Nigel Mansell in 1993, finishing second on the podium.

History[edit]

Bettenhausen Motorsports[edit]

The team has had a long history of names, first as Bettenhausen Motorsports under the leadership of Tony Bettenhausen Jr. The cars were primarily dark blue, white and red with Alumax Aluminum sponsorship and ran several drivers of note, Stefan Johansson, Helio Castroneves, and Patrick Carpentier among them. The 1992 car appeared in the cover of the game Indycar Racing 1, for computers. They had a difficult 1999 season as the team ran three drivers and Shigeaki Hattori had his competitor's license revoked by chief steward Wally Dallenbach, Sr. before the race at Laguna Seca.

Beginning of the Keith Wiggins era[edit]

Before the 2000 season started, Bettenhausen, his wife and two business associates were killed in a plane crash on their way home from vacation in Florida. The team was renamed Herdez Competition as Michel Jourdain Jr. came aboard with Wiggins taking over as co-owner and managing director. Two uncompetitive seasons followed and Mario Dominguez was brought into the team in 2002. A fortunate victory came at Surfers Paradise in a water-logged event, as Dominguez started last and failed to pass a single car on track but benefited from pit strategy.

The win boosted his confidence and the team recorded a 1-2 result at Miami, Dominguez leading Roberto Moreno, was the highlight of a much-improved 2003 season, finishing fifth in the championship. Ryan Hunter-Reay came into the team in 2004 and led all 250 laps at The Milwaukee Mile from the pole position. Herdez sponsorship faded at the end of the year and for 2005, with the team now called HVM, Wiggins was forced to take on pay-drivers Björn Wirdheim and Ronnie Bremer. Despite Wirdheim's impressive performances in the 2003 International Formula 3000 season, his subsequent championship title, and Jaguar F1 testing experience, he failed to regularly beat Bremer during the season. Both of their funds dried up, however, before the end of the season and several other drivers had chances in the team's two cars.

Cedric the Entertainer became a co-owner late in the season and added a celebrity presence to the field. The cars that year ran a distinctive gunmetal gray livery with Cedric's A Bird and A Bear entertainment company on the sidepods. Nelson Philippe won in Australia and the team recorded their best season with a fourth place in the championship by Philippe.

Minardi Team USA[edit]

In 2006, Paul Stoddart, former owner of the Minardi Formula One team, bought an interest in the team and re-christened it Minardi Team USA. For the 2007 season Stoddart and Wiggins lined up the services of Dan Clarke and Red Bull F1 Racing test driver Robert Doornbos. With Doornbos the team began competing for podium positions regularly. The team scored its first win under the Minardi Team USA banner at the 2007 Champ Car Grand Prix de Mont Tremblant. Doornbos went on to capture another win at San Jose, and his tally for 2007 was 2 wins and 6 podiums. Doornbos went on to finish 3rd in Championship standings, earn Rookie of the Year, and was the highest finishing Rookie in the Champ Car World Series since Juan Pablo Montoya in 1999. Doornbos also won the award for Hard Charger, improving the most positions during the race.

HVM's 2008 IndyCar Series entry driven by E. J. Viso

Dan Clarke had a season plagued with bad luck, but had a bright spot when he finished 2nd at Road America, though he was involved in a high speed incident with Doornbos, which hurt the Dutchman's championship hopes. Clarke later triggered a multi-car pile-up during free practice at Zolder, and was suspended from competition for the race weekend.

HVM in IndyCar[edit]

In 2008, following American open wheel unification, the team moved to the IRL IndyCar Series with E. J. Viso as its driver. The team also participated in the Long Beach Grand Prix with two more cars under the Minardi Team USA name.[2] Viso finished the 2008 season with seven top-10 finishes and a season-best fourth-place finish at St. Petersburg.

Viso stayed in the team in 2009 and the team aligned itself with the Indy Lights team Michael Crawford Motorsports, rechristening it HVM Indy Lights. The Indy Lights team ran its first race at Infineon Raceway in August 2009 with driver Juan Pablo Garcia. Ryan Hunter-Reay tested the team's IndyCar at Sebring two weeks before the 2009 season opener at St. Petersburg and appeared to become the second driver for the team, but signed with Vision Racing instead. Nelson Philippe joined the team as its second driver for the Indianapolis 500.[3] Robert Doornbos returned to HVM in August 2009, piloting the #33 for the remainder of the 2009 season.

de Silvestro's car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2010.

For the 2010 season, HVM Racing signed Switzerland's Simona de Silvestro full–time to drive the #78 Team Stargate Worlds entry. de Silvestro was one of five women to compete in the IndyCar Series in 2010, along with Ana Beatriz, Milka Duno, Sarah Fisher, and Danica Patrick, and finished 19th in the overall points standings. She was the second–highest placed female in the points standings, behind Danica Patrick, who finished tenth. de Silvestro's best finish in 2010 came at Mid–Ohio Sports Car Course, where she finished in eighth place.

2011 HVM Entergy sponsored entry on the starting grid for the season opener.

On October 6, 2010, just four days after the 2010 season concluded, HVM Racing announced that they would be bringing de Silvestro back to the team in 2011 in the #78 entry.[4]

On October 30, 2012, de Silvestro signed on to KV Racing Technology for 2013,[5] leaving HVM without a driver or a sponsor. However, former KV driver E. J. Viso had intended to run his own team for 2013, but had little luck. HVM and Viso joined forces with Andretti Autosport to run Viso as a satellite team for Andretti.

List of Drivers for Bettenhausen/Herdez/HVM/CTE-HVM/Minardi Team USA[edit]

Results[edit]

CART/CCWS[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C.
Bettenhausen Motorsports
1986 March-Cosworth United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 NC
1987 March-Cosworth United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 9 0 0 0 7 29th
1988 March-Cosworth
Lola-Cosworth
United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 17 0 0 0 25 17th
Lola-Cosworth United States Dennis Vitolo 1 0 0 0 2 33rd
1989 Lola-Cosworth Switzerland Jean-Pierre Frey 1 0 0 0 0 41st
United States John Paul, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 44th
United States Steve Chassey 2 0 0 0 0 53rd
Switzerland Jon Beekhuis 3 0 0 0 0 36th
1990 Lola-Cosworth Italy Guido Daccò 1 0 0 0 0 29th
Lola-Cosworth
Lola-Buick
United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 11 0 0 0 4 24th
1991 Penske-Chevrolet United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 17 0 0 0 27 14th
Netherlands Cornelius Euser 1 0 0 0 3 27th
1992 Penske-Chevrolet United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 6 0 0 0 6 24th
Sweden Stefan Johansson 9 0 0 0 47 14th
1993 Penske-Chevrolet Sweden Stefan Johansson 16 0 0 0 43 13th
United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 47th
United States Scott Sharp 1 0 0 0 0 48th
1994 Penske-Ilmor Sweden Stefan Johansson 16 0 0 0 57 11th
Australia Gary Brabham 1 0 0 0 0 52nd
United States Robbie Groff 2 0 0 0 0 34th
1995 Penske-Mercedes
Reynard-Cosworth
Sweden Stefan Johansson 17 0 0 0 60 13th
1996 Reynard-Mercedes Sweden Stefan Johansson 16 0 0 0 43 15th
Penske-Mercedes United States Gary Bettenhausen 1 0 0 0 0 33rd
1997 Reynard-Mercedes Canada Patrick Carpentier 15 0 0 0 27 17th
Brazil Roberto Moreno 2 0 0 0 16 19th
1998 Reynard-Mercedes Brazil Helio Castroneves 19 0 0 0 36 17th
1999 Reynard-Mercedes Japan Shigeaki Hattori 8 0 0 0 0 34th
Brazil Gualter Salles 7 0 0 0 5 26th
2000 Lola-Mercedes Mexico Michel Jourdain Jr. 20 0 0 0 18 22nd
2001 Lola-Cosworth Mexico Michel Jourdain Jr. 21 0 0 0 30 20th
Herdez Competition
2002 Lola-Cosworth Mexico Mario Dominguez 19 1 0 1 37 18th
2003 Lola-Cosworth Brazil Roberto Moreno 17 0 0 0 67 13th
Mexico Mario Dominguez 18 1 0 0 118 6th
Mexico Roberto González 1 0 0 0 3 24th
2004 Lola-Cosworth United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 14 1 1 1 199 9th
Mexico Mario Dominguez 14 0 0 1 244 5th
HVM Racing
2005 Lola-Cosworth Sweden Bjorn Wirdheim 11 0 0 0 115 14th
Denmark Ronnie Bremer 5 0 0 0 139 12th
Brazil Alex Sperafico 2 0 0 0 24 20th
Mexico Rodolfo Lavin 6 0 0 0 72 18th
Italy Fabrizio del Monte 1 0 0 0 10 26th
Mexico Homero Richards 1 0 0 0 5 28th
CTE-HVM Racing
2006 Lola-Cosworth France Nelson Philippe 14 1 0 1 231 4th
United Kingdom Dan Clarke 14 0 0 0 175 12th
Minardi Team USA
2007 Panoz DP01-Cosworth Netherlands Robert Doornbos 14 2 0 1 268 3rd
United Kingdom Dan Clarke 13 0 0 1 129 13th
Mexico Mario Dominguez 1 0 0 0 78 18th

IRL IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C.
2008 Dallara-Honda
Panoz-Cosworth
Venezuela Ernesto Viso 17 0 0 0 286 18th
2009 Dallara-Honda Venezuela Ernesto Viso 17 0 0 0 248 18th
France Nelson Philippe 1 0 0 0 16 35th
Netherlands Robert Doornbos 5 0 0 0 283 16th
2010 Dallara-Honda Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 17 0 0 0 242 19th
2011 Dallara-Honda Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 15 0 0 1 225 20th
2012 Dallara-Lotus Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 14 0 0 0 182 24th

Complete IndyCar results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
2008 Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI
Venezuela E.J. Viso 17 4 9 14 26 8 14 13 10 10 22 15 13 6 24 23
2009 Dallara Honda STP LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS
Venezuela E.J. Viso 17 23 21 24 18 24 20 12 7 13 12 15 15 22 17 15 16
France Nelson Philippe 25
Netherlands Robert Doornbos 14 10 18 16 20
2010 Dallara Honda SAO STP ALA LBH KAN INDY TXS IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM CHI KTY MOT HMS
Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 16 16 21 17 22 14 24 21 24 9 22 8 13 23 25 23 23
2011 Dallara Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY TXS TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHA SNM BAL MOT KTY LSV1
Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 4 9 20 20 31 26 27 25 DNS 10 24 12 16 12 14 25 C
2012 Dallara DW12 Lotus STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO SNM BAL FON
Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 24 20 20 24 32 13 DNS 24 14 24 23 23 17 22 26

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