E.J. Viso called in sick and Carlos Munoz is taking his place. That was the news Friday morning at Auto Club Speedway just a couple hours before practice started for Saturday night's MAVTV 500.
Viso called his Andretti Autosport team on Thursday evening to report he wasn't feeling good enough to participate in the IndyCar finale. So Munoz, who finished a sparkling second at the Indianapolis 500 in his IndyCar debut last May for Andretti, was being fitted for Viso's seat on Friday morning.
It's not known if Viso will return to Andretti for 2014 but his team was reportedly none too happy about his no-show.
"Maybe he's got the oval-track flu," said one mechanic, referring to the fact Viso had been uncomfortable with the downforce levels during a recent test at Fontana.
Munoz is also competing in the Firestone Indy Lights race this weekend.