6.26.13 (via LatinoSports.com) – In our ongoing series of learning about the life, thoughts and behind-the-scenes of auto racing, Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver E.J. Viso has consistently made time to answer our questions. Along with asking him questions about the races, we’ve also been able to have a better understanding of the world of auto racing.
A driver since the age of five, Viso began his racing career at age five driving go-karts in his native Venezuela. Piloting the No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet, the 28-year-old Viso enters his sixth IZOD IndyCar season and first with Andretti Autosport.
This weekend he finished 10th at Iowa Speedway, his fifth top-10 finish this season. Next they test at Pocono Raceway tomorrow and will race there on July 7 in the Pocono INDYCAR 400. It will be live on ABC at 12pm ET on July 7.
How difficult is it to drive a race car?
Driving a race car may look pretty simple – in videos or on tv – but it’s actually pretty complicated. There are many factors that come into play while we’re driving. Some are obvious – the pressure that exists due to the risk of driving with many cars going up to speeds over 200 mph, especially when we are running next to the walls in ovals and street courses, it increases the risk.
Other factors would be the wind, the tire conditions, the fuel load in the car… it definitely changes the car’s behavior and the way we have to react and drive the actual car. On top of it is the engineering side; you have to have some knowledge about it so when you give the information to the engineers, you must be as accurate as possible.
With that said, the better information you’re able to give the engineers, the better they are able to give you a better car as they’ll have more knowledge about what you’re experiencing. There are many factors that many people probably don’t see or understand and realize that driving a race car is pretty intense.
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