JOLIET, Ill., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 - Daniel Herrington claimed his first Firestone Indy Lights victory, winning the Chicagoland 100 by 0.0613 of a second over James Davison. J.R Hildebrand finished fifth, clinching the second consecutive ...
JOLIET, Ill., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 - Daniel Herrington claimed his first Firestone Indy Lights victory, winning the Chicagoland 100 by 0.0613 of a second over James Davison.
J.R Hildebrand finished fifth, clinching the second consecutive Firestone Firehawk Cup for Andretti Green Racing/AFS Racing.
DAY 2 NOTEBOOK:
Logan Gomez, who set a Guinness World Record for closest finish of an automobile race when he won the Chicagoland 100 in 2007, is working with Brandon Wagner this weekend. Gomez, who lives in nearby Crown Point, Ind., has tested and worked on setup for Davey Hamilton/Kingdom Racing this season and is trying to put together a deal to race at the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
LOGAN GOMEZ: "I'm talking to a couple of teams, and I'm hopeful I can get something put together for Miami."
ELFF Racing has enlisted the help of Paul Diatlovich's PDM Racing crew this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for the No. 55 car of Rodrigo Barbosa. PDM Racing scored wins for Winner Circle Group at the St. Petersburg doubleheader earlier this season and has not competed since Indianapolis in May.
Richard Philippe's car is carrying a decal with get well wishes for his older brother Nelson Philippe and Will Power. Both IndyCar Series drivers are at home recuperating from their injuries suffered last weekend at Infineon Raceway.
CHICAGOLAND 100 POST-RACE NOTES
•This is Daniel Herrington's first Firestone Indy Lights win.
•This is the first win for Bryan Herta Autosport
•James Davison finished second, his second runner-up finish and his seventh top-five finish.
•Andrew Prendeville finished third, his best finish of the season.
CHICAGOLAND 100 POST-RACE QUOTES:
DANIEL HERRINGTON (No. 28 LeBleu/Bryan Herta Autosport, Chicagoland 100 winner): "Finally. We've had a rough couple of races in the middle of the season. At the beginning of the year, Bryan (Herta) told us we would win a race. We didn't think it would be this late in the season before we won a race. It sure is nice to get that win.
JAMES DAVISON (No. 21 People*s Liberation/Vision Racing, finished second): "I'm definitely happy to finish second to my teammate, Daniel. With this race, if you can work together with somebody, especially your teammate, you can control your result a little more. Just thinking of the points, it's always better to take what you can get."
ANDREW PRENDEVILLE (No. 2 TMR/Xtreme Coil Drilling, finished third): "We had a good run and we had a good car. It was pretty chaotic out there. At the beginning of the race, we held back and waited for everyone else to screw up. That happened and we had a really strong car. I'm happy to be on the podium."
BRYAN HERTA (Co-owner, Bryan Herta Autosport): "It's unbelievable. It feels great. Actually, it feels just like winning as a driver. I'm so excited about Daniel (Herrington) getting his first win and getting him in victory lane. The way it worked, it was exactly how our program is set up between Vision Racing and BHA (Bryan Herta Autosport), a technical partnership working together. Out on the track, those guys worked so well together. James (Davison) helped us out a lot. It's just a great result and a great feeling."
J.R. HILDEBRAND (No. 26 ARPRO, finished fifth, clinching the 2009 Firestone Firehawk Cup): "It was a total mess out. You think starting at the back at this kind of wouldn't be so bad. You'd get a big drafting pack, but when the entire field is three- and four-wide, there's nowhere to go. We worked our way to the field and got to the front. It's just a dream come true. I came into this year with Andretti Green Racing knowing I had every opportunity to make this happen. It feels great to bring it home to the boys and bring everything back together after the last few years. Hopefully, we can take this (championship) and move forward for next year."
The 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season continues with the Homestead-Miami 100 on Oct. 9 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be telecast by Live by VERSUS at 6 p.m. (EDT). VERSUS' coverage of the Chicagoland 100 will be telecast at 6 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 31.