HVM is fine-tuning for 2010. (LAT photo)
HVM Racing has indicated it will return to the IndyCar Series with two cars next year, but plans a number of changes aimed at regaining the performance level it showed in Champ Cars prior to the merger with the IRL.
"We have a historically successful team, and the core members of the team are still the same," said team principal and owner Keith Wiggins. "But we could benefit a great deal by adding a few people who have been in this particular series a little longer than we have – people who have more experience with the nuances of an IndyCar program. We are also focusing on putting more resources into further technical development during the off-season."
HVM added a second car at mid-season with the signing of Robert Doornbos, after the Dutchman was released by Newman/Haaas/Lanigan. Doornbos is signed to return in 2010, but the team is now "exploring options" with its second entry after E.J. Viso's contract with the team expired. Wiggins' hunt for experienced talent applies to the driver's seat vacancy as well as engineering and other team roles.
"2009 has not been typical of HVM's performance, but everyone is committed to turning things around," Wiggins added. "But I don't think we need to reinvent the wheel. We need to add a few key pieces that will make us more complete and, as a result, return us to being a truly competitive team."