"Axcil made a very good impression on all of us at Mid-Ohio, so naturally we are very happy to welcome him back to the team for the race at Houston"
Indianapolis, IN - October 2, 2013 - Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) announced today that Zimbabwe racecar driver Axcil Jefferies will compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Series for the Grand Prix of Houston presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers on Saturday, October 5.
"This is really an unexpected opportunity for me to race in Houston," said Jefferies. "I knew that my race at Mid-Ohio was a one-off, and I needed to make the best of it. Fortunately, we showed good pace at Mid-Ohio all weekend long, so the team and Chris [Miles] thought we should give Houston a go as well."
BHA's No. 28 Dallara/Firestone entry will be sponsored once again by Starting Grid, Inc., which has been a facilitator of a motorsports diversity initiative in partnership with American Honda for the past three years.
Starting Grid, Inc. team principal Chris Miles had this to say: "I am really looking forward to seeing Axcil compete in Houston. His debut performance in Mid-Ohio was a great surprise, and we are hoping that this event will provide him some measure of a level playing field with this being an inaugural event.
"Since Axcil's initial outing with us at Mid-Ohio, there has been some increased dialogue regarding him competing in Lights full time next year. A positive outcome in Houston would certainly assist those efforts greatly."
BHA team owner Bryan Herta added, "Axcil made a very good impression on all of us at Mid-Ohio, so naturally we are very happy to welcome him back to the team for the race at Houston. Chris Miles and Starting Grid have created a real opportunity for Axcil, and I am sure he will do everything possible to maximize this chance."
About Bryan Herta Autosport Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta and noted race engineer and team manager Steve Newey, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Firestone Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second IZOD IndyCar Series start. The Indianapolis, Ind.-based squad made its IndyCar debut in 2010, contesting the Indianapolis 500. BHA's Indycar and Indy Lights entries are co-entered in partnership with Curb- Agajanian. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.
About Starting Grid & Chris Miles In 1994, New Albany, Indiana native Chris Miles founded Starting Grid, Inc. in an effort to facilitate equal opportunities for minority participation within all facets of the motorsports industry. Following stints racing professionally, Miles combined his love of motorsports with the entertainment industry. In 1998, Chris became the first African American to host a national racing magazine show called "Inside CART" that aired on FOX Sports and ESPN2; he also became an award-winning producer for a series of "Black History Month" vignettes created in 2004 for SPEED Channel. For more information, visit www.startinggrid.com.
About Axcil Jefferies Axcil Jefferies, from Zimbabwe, is a four time national karting champion who was awarded one of three coveted Formula BMW scholarships. He successfully competed in the Formula BMW Pacific Championship and obtained media and expert recognition through awards like "Driver's Driver", "Star Driver of the Future" and "Sportsman of the Year"; before stepping up to the FIA Formula Two Championship in 2012. In addition to Axcil's on-track accolades, his off-track work as a Zimbabwean sporting ambassador is equally impressive. Axcil is an FIA Ambassador for Action for Road Safety in Africa, as well as a Childline Zimbabwe Goodwill Ambassador.
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