Bryan Herta Autosport Moves to New Headquarters
New Race Shop and Two-Car Indy Lights Program Highlight Growing Team
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 17, 2009) -- Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey today announced that they will move their Firestone Indy Lights program to a new headquarters for the 2010 racing season. BHA, a technical partner and tenant of Vision Racing in its debut season, will begin the moving process this week and will occupy a race shop on the northwest side of Indianapolis which formerly housed Fernandez Racing.
"I am thrilled that we have this opportunity to grow our team," said Herta, who will confirm BHA's full program in January. "We are definitely a year ahead of the plan that Steve and I had originally set for ourselves. This is an important step for our team as we continue to build our infrastructure. I have to thank Tony, Laura and Lauren George in addition to everyone at Vision Racing for all of their support this season. It was a great partnership and we never could have started BHA without their support."
BHA enjoyed a successful first season in Firestone Indy Lights competition with American driving talent Daniel Herrington securing the team's inaugural win at Chicago and a seventh-place ranking in the championship standings aboard the #28 LeBleu/BHA Dallara in his rookie campaign. Rising Brazilian driver Felipe Guimaraes added to the accomplishments with two podium finishes in just three starts to bring BHA's tally to five top-five and 15 top-10 results. James Davison, driving for technical partner Vision Racing, added another victory at Mid-Ohio, two poles and a second-place finish in the championship standings.
"Moving to our own facility is the next logical step in building the foundation for our expansion plans," added Newey. "We are looking forward to the 2010 season as we have a very competitive program in place. In addition to competing in Indy Lights, we are pursuing the opportunity to enter a car in the Indianapolis 500."
It was less than a year ago that Herta and Newey announced their partnership and the launch of BHA, which will now be based in a 16,000-square-foot building located at 6815 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268. It will be a busy off-season for the team as it prepares for the opening round of 2010 Firestone Indy Lights competition in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 28.