VISION RACING, BHA 7TH& 8TH FASTEST IN FIL PRACTICE AT INDY
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.( May 5, 2009) - Vision Racing driver James Davison and Bryan Herta Autosport driver Daniel Herrington were seventh and eighth fastest in the first practice session of the month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the Firestone Indy Lights Firestone Freedom 100 race on Friday, May 22, 2009.
Davison will be making his second start at the historic Brickyard in a Firestone Indy Lights machine later this month. His first attempt last year with Sam Schmidt Motorsports saw him start from the second spot and finish in the 17th position.
Most recently on the 1.5-mile oval at Kansas Speedway while driving Vision Racing's No. 21 Dallara/Fiestone machine, Davison drove to an eighth place finish for his third top-ten finish of the 2009 season. That put him at the tenth spot in the championship point standings. His best career-oval finish is second which came last year at Kentucky Speedway.
Driving Indy's tricky corners and long straight-aways for the first time, Herrington made a fine debut on the Indianapolis 2.5 mile oval today. He ran eighth quick in a field of 21 cars behind the wheel of the No. 28 Le Bleu/Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Firestone car.
Herrington has actually raced at Indianapolis two other times in his Firestone Indy Lights career, however he drove the Speedway's road course circuit and not the 2.5-mile oval. His career best oval finish actually came in the most recent race of the 2009 season when he finished sixth at Kansas Speedway.
In four races this season he has finished in the top-five once and the top-ten three times. He is currently sixth in the championship point standings.
Bryan Herta Autosport is making their debut to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month while Vision Racing is returning to the famed 2.5-mile oval for the first time since 2005 where they finish third with driver Jay Drake.
Firestone Indy Lights action resumes Thursday, May 24th for practice and qualifying. The Freedom 100 will run on Carb Day, Friday May 25th at 12:20 pm ET.
Practice Results and Quotes: (May 5, 2009)
James Davison - No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Top Time in Practice: 47.3608
Top Speed in Practice: 190.031 mph
Overall Rank in Practice: 7th on speed chart
On opening practice:
"Every time I run here I learn something new. Last year I came in as a rookie with an established and experienced team in the series and I was able to start on the front row and lead the race. This year I'm with a great organization that is constantly building on every practice and race so this test day was very important to us. We had a solid day today and end up 7th on the speed chart. We're building on where we were at Kansas (8th in qualifying and race) so we still have work to do just to get pure car speed out of it and a bit of balance to carry more speed in the corners. It's been very beneficial to have two cars to be able to compare data with. Daniel (Herrington) and his engineer are able to explore one avenue while my engineer Lee Dykstra and I explore another and go over the results together at the end of the day. Looking ahead to the race, realistically my expectations are a top-five finish even if we are a young team. Of course I want to win but we will have a lot of hard work to do in order to earn that."
Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Top Time in Practice: 47.4542
Top Speed in Practice: 189.657 mph
Overall Rank in Practice: 8th on speed chart
On opening practice:
"It's fantastic here. I want more. I want to go faster! It's one of those places that you look up to for so many years and when you get a chance to finally drive on it, it's pretty special. I'm really looking forward to racing here. We've had a pretty good test day and got a good feel for the track, the car, and all the nuances to the track. Now we just have to come back ready to try to win the thing at the end of the month. This track has too many details and to get a full day of testing in is very valuable to us to try to learn all the little tricks to this place and there sure are a lot of them too. This place might look simple and straightforward but it's not at all. We definitely built some confidence today and I think we have a really good race car. We probably need to work a little more on a good qualifying set up for the no.28 Le Blue car but hopefully our test at Milwaukee next week will help with get us prepared for that too."
Bryan Herta- Team Owner Bryan Herta Autosport
On seeing his car run for the first time at Indianapolis:
"I have to say that I was really proud to see the no.28 Le Bleu car roll out to pit lane and hit the track for the first time. This track is just so special. Having competed here and knowing what this place means,it is really neat for me to see a Bryan Herta Autosport car out on track at Indy. From a testing perspective I think it when well. I think we learned some valuable things. James (Davison) has had some experience here while Daniel (Herrington) is new to the oval here and they both did a great job of getting acclimated and going through a test plan we completed for both cars. We have another test coming up in Milwaukee and a little time to think about what we learned here. Hopefully we'll come back even stronger at the end of the month."