Herrington Joins RLR/Andersen Racing For Rest of Firestone Indy Lights Season PALMETTO, Fla., July 22 - Daniel Herrington plans to take his oval test at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday and then compete in the four remaining Firestone Indy Lights...
Herrington Joins RLR/Andersen Racing For Rest of Firestone Indy Lights Season
PALMETTO, Fla., July 22 - Daniel Herrington plans to take his oval test at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday and then compete in the four remaining Firestone Indy Lights races this year with RLR/Andersen Racing, team co-owner Dan Andersen said today.
Herrington, who has competed in nine Firestone Indy Lights races over the last two years, replaces Andrew Prendeville, who left the team to pursue other opportunities. Prendeville's older brother, Doug, will continue to drive for the Palmetto, Fla.-based team in the F2000 Championship Series.
"Andrew gave our team its first podium finish in the Firestone Indy Lights Series last year, and we wish him the best," Andersen said. "Although Daniel hasn't been in any oval Indy Lights races yet, he finished second at Milwaukee in a Star Mazda race in 2006. We expect him to pass his rookie oval test quickly, and we'll field cars for both him and J.R. Hildebrand at the Kentucky race on Aug. 9."
The Kentucky 100 Firestone Indy Lights race supports the IndyCar Series' Mei jer Indy 300 that Saturday night at the 1.5-mile oval in Sparta, Ky.
RLR/Andersen Racing's program for Hildebrand, who drives the Allied Building Products No. 25, remains unchanged. Hildebrand is currently fourth in the championship's point standings, and RLR/Andersen Racing is fourth in that series' entrant standings. Andersen Racing also leads the current point standings in the Star Mazda Championship with Charles Hall, as well as the F2000 Championship with Anders Krohn.
Herrington competed in five Firestone Indy Lights races last year with SpeedWorks and four races this year with Michael Crawford Motorsports. He has four top-10 finishes in those nine races and one top-five, as he finished third in the second half of the Watkins Glen doubleheader last year in Watkins Glen, N.Y. He was running at the finish in all but one event.
In between driving in occasional events this year, he's been serving as a spotter for IndyCar driver Justin Wilson.
Herrington finished tenth in the Star Mazda Championship in 2006, recording a victory at Houston and two seconds to take that series' points lead until he was forced to withdraw after an accident ate up the bulk of his budget. He competed in Formula BMW USA in 2005. He won the Expert Series in the Skip Barber Eastern Regional Series in 2004, and the SO class championship in the NASA Spec E-30 series in 2003. He has also competed in selected Grand-Am KONI Challenge sports car races.
"I raced against Andersen Racing in Formula Mazda in 2006 when I ran half a season with AIM Autosport," Herrington said. "I stayed in touch with Dan Andersen ever since then, but I haven't had the opportunity to work with them until this opportunity occurred.
"I know how hard they work, and they've had some good results," Herrington said. "The Kentucky race will be my first time on a big oval, although I got second at Milwaukee in a Star Mazda race. I competed in the Lights races at Mid-Ohio last weekend, and we had some good speed there. I've never raced at Infineon or Chicagoland either, but I'm hoping we'll do well. The biggest thing I want to do is to learn as much as I can and get as much experience as I can."
A native of Baltimore, Herrington turned 22 on July 12. He currently lives in Winston-Salem, N.C. He will begin his senior year as an engineering student at North Carolina State University the week before the Infineon doubleheader.
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