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Published March 12, 2013
NATIONAL PRIDE: Fryer reported driver E.J. Viso "isn't worried the death of" Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will "affect state sponsorship of Venezuelan drivers, including himself." Most of Viso's sponsorship money "comes from PDVSA, the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company." His "primary logo is CITGO." Viso said, "I really need to thank the president because one of the things he did was focus on the sport and there is nobody out there that can say the opposite. That was one of his priorities to expand this sport in the world, which he did. Racing became bigger, motorsports, soccer, baseball, you now see many Venezuelan sportsman in many disciplines around the world." Through his sponsorship from Team Venezuela, Viso has "risen through the ranks and is the only Latino-born driver racing full-time in the IndyCar Series" (AP, 3/11).