Edmonton: BHA/Vision Racing qualifying notes

VISION TO START 3RD, BHA 9TH in EDMONTON Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (July 24, 2009) -For the second race in a row, Vision Racing's James Davison will start from a third place position on the grid for the Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of...

VISION TO START 3RD, BHA 9TH in EDMONTON

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (July 24, 2009) -For the second race in a row, Vision Racing's James Davison will start from a third place position on the grid for the Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Edmonton while Bryan Herta Autosport teammate Daniel Herrington will start from ninth spot on the 1.96-mile circuit on the temporary street circuit at Edmonton City Centre Airport in the capital city of the province of Alberta in western Canada.

Davison set the third quickest lap of the session in No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone machine with a time of 1:06.5017 and average speed of 106.806 mph to secure a start from the second row for Saturday's FIL race. While Davison previously ran on the Edmonton circuit in the Atlantics Series in 2006, this is Vision Racing's first FIL event at the venue.

Also in their first experience on the Edmonton circuit, Bryan Herta Autosport and driver Daniel Herrington had a somewhat disappointing qualifying session where he struggled with rear grip but set a quick time of 1:07.3535 (105.456 mph), putting him ninth on the grid. Following the qualifying session the team discovered a damaged component that affected the handling and explained the difficulties the driver of the No. 28 BHA/Le Bleu FIL car was having.

Vision Racing and James Davison are currently fifth in the Firestone Indy Lights championship point standings with 236 total points (83 points behind the leader). BHA and Daniel Herrington are close behind in seventh place with 218 points (101 points behind the leader). In nine races so far this season, both Davison and Herrington have only one finish outside of the top-ten.

The polesitter for Saturday's Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Edmonton is J.R.Hildebrand.

The FIL race begins at 12:30 p.m. ET. Television coverage will air on Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 4 p.m. on VERSUS.

James Davison - No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"I guess I'm disappointed because we didn't go quicker on our second set of tires when we really needed to. On our first set we matched Hildebrand and on our second tire run I didn't have a good enough run and had it interrupted. Somewhat disappointed with a third place starting position but looking forward to the race because that's what really matters. We started third in Toronto and put on a really good performance so we'll be looking to do the same here in Edmonton and try for a win. We'll make a few adjustments to the car tonight to try to close the gap between us and the leader."

Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"This is my first time racing here in Edmonton so I spent some time getting used to the layout of the track. The track is quite fast and bumpy but after Toronto's bumps, these don't seem too bad. Qualifying ninth is exactly where we want to be but we struggled with some rear grip issues. We got them somewhat sorted out by the end of qualifying but it was a bit too late. Our biggest concern now is to be sure that we have a consistent car for the race. We'll try a few things in warm up and see if we can't move our way into the top five in the race."

-credit: bha/vr

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Bryan Herta , James Davison , Daniel Herrington
Teams Bryan Herta Autosport