FONTANA, Calif. — Andretti Autosport released a statement Saturday afternoon addressing E.J. Viso’s absence from the Izod IndyCar Series finale at Auto Club Speedway.
It was announced on Friday that Carlos Munoz would fill in for the ill Viso, who was said to be suffering from food poisoning. Although speculation Viso’s absence was a result of frozen sponsorship dollars by Venezuelan officials as they investigate a corruption scandal involving motorsports athletes obtaining currency for fictitious or overpriced activities. Viso is sponsored by the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.
The statement said, “Andretti Autosport was notified Thursday evening of E.J. Viso’s illness by both Viso and his health care provider. Viso made every attempt to make the trip to Fontana to take the track for his crew and sponsors. E.J.’s illness was too great and it was advised by his medical team that he remain home to recover. While we are disappointed that he will not be able to join us for the 2013 IndyCar Season finale this weekend, we are more concerned with his health. We will miss having E.J. around the track with us and wish him a speedy recovery.”