BHA TO START NINTH, VISION RACING TENTH AT INDIANAPOLIS INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Bryan Herta Autosport and Vision Racing, technical partners in Firestone Indy Lights competition, will both start in the top-ten for Friday's Firestone Freedom 100 at...
BHA TO START NINTH, VISION RACING TENTH AT INDIANAPOLIS
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Bryan Herta Autosport and Vision Racing, technical partners in Firestone Indy Lights competition, will both start in the top-ten for Friday's Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
BHA driver Daniel Herrington will start ninth behind the wheel of the No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Firestone machine in his first start on Indy's 2.5-mile oval, while Vision Racing's James Davison will start tenth in his second attempt at the Brickyard, but his first in the No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone car.
Herrington's two-lap qualifying average in the No. 28 Le Bleu Special was 188.412 mph.
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 famed 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 Herrington has finished in the top-five once and the top-ten three times. He is currently sixth in the championship point standings and his most recent accomplishment came off the track as he graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering earlier this month.
Bryan Herta Autosport is making their debut to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month while Vision Racing is returning to Indianapolis in Firestone Indy Lights competition for the first since 2005 where they finish third with driver Jay Drake.
Davison is looking to put Vision Racing back on the podium at Indianapolis again this year as well. Starting tenth in his newly sponsored People's Liberation No. 21 machine, Davison's two-lap qualifying average was 187.868 mph. Davison will be driving for a new team co-owner as 18-year-old Lauren George was announced in the role just yesterday.
It was Lauren George's half-brother and current Vision Racing IndyCar Series driver, Ed Carpenter, who won the inaugural Freedom 100 at Indianapolis in 2003, starting from the pole position for A.J. Foyt Racing.
Davison's first attempt last year with Sam Schmidt Motorsports saw him start from the second spot and finish in the 17th position.
Last month on the 1.5-mile oval at Kansas Speedway, 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.
Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Qualifying Position: 9th
Qualifying Speed: 188.412 mph
Top Speed in Practice: 189.536 mph
Overall Rank in Practice: 14th on speed chart
On qualifying: "We made a bunch of changes before qualifying to try and get a bunch of speed out of it. Track conditions are definitely hotter than they were this morning or the test earlier this month. On new tires it's not that big an issue but for the race it will likely be a bigger issue. We're looking forward to seeing what we can do."
James Davison - No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing
Qualifying Position: 10th
Qualifying Speed: 187.868 mph
Top Speed in Practice: 189.947 mph
Overall Rank in Practice: 13th on speed chart
On qualifying: "Starting 10th is just about where we expected to be prior to qualifying. The car felt fine and we got everything we could out of it. The balance was fine and there wasn't any scrubbing at all which means we had good mechanical grip. Going into tomorrow's race It's a different scenario for me this year from last when I came here as a rookie and started on the front row but we are in a development stage of the Indy Lights program at Vision Racing. We're progressing very well and I'm happy with the direction we are headed in."
Bryan Herta - Owner Bryan Herta Autosport
On qualifying: "We qualified about where we were expecting based on practice this morning. I don't think we have yet unlocked the key to a really good qualifying set up in these cars. It is something we are still learning about. This being our second oval race with these cars, we're still trying to figure out a little bit, but we out qualified a lot of good teams in good cars today. Daniel (Herrington) and James (Davison) are in good qualifying positions and we feel better about our race set up. We're feeling optimistic we can get a pair of top fives in the Freedom 100 on Friday."