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AT THE TRACK: Day of practice leaves room for improvement

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Welcome back to IBJ's video feature "At the Track," in which videographer Mason King views events leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 27 from the perspective of driver E.J. Viso and his team at locally based KV Racing Technology.

On May 15, Viso ran 66 practice laps on the 2.5-mile Speedway track, as his cadre of engineers and mechanics switched gears, in a figurative sense. In the three previous practice days, they had focused on getting the No. 5 car up to speed and ready for qualifications. On day four, Viso and his two KV teammates—Tony Kanaan and Rubens Barrichello—worked in tandem and with other cars to see how their vehicles would handle in traffic.

The day ended with Viso’s team admitting they needed to return to the drawing board. “The car was not very driveable,” Viso said. “It was very difficult to stay in the pack with the traffic. There was a lot of understeer, a lot of vibrations. … I’m not happy with how the day went, but it’s a long month.”

The video below follows Viso and his crew throughout the day, and, in the process, explains how they navigate waves of high-tech data, mechanical adjustments and old-fashioned guesswork.





 

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