I asked IndyCar fans to share their best interaction with the drivers of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy. We'll be sharing the best of those stories over the remainder of the season. Today's story is from fan Dave Brown:
EJ Viso has been in IndyCar for several years now, and I didn't much care for the guy when I first met him. I didn't like what was going on out on the track, and didn't know much else about him. He was part of that really horrible season KV Racing had in 2010, after all. But the last few years at Mid-Ohio, I got to talk to EJ, and again at Indianapolis last year. He was really friendly, and when I showed him a photo I had taken of him at Indy from the last year, he was really interested and signed it for me. He was also the first driver my wife got to interact with thanks to an autograph session, and so now he's her favorite, win or lose.
Folks always talk about how funny guys like James Hinchcliffe are, and I've seen him and Josef Newgarden be absolutely hilarious with fans. But EJ is funny, too, and even with English not being his second language, I hear him say some quirky things now and again. I think it was Milwaukee last year where I wished him luck, and he said "I better have some, or I am so screwed". The delivery was so deadpan, all of us listening burst into laughter.
People always say you get one chance at a first impression. I'm glad that my impression of EJ Viso has changed, and I hope Andretti Autosport keeps him around. He is a nice guy, and has done a good job as a teammate and driver.