Iowa: BHA-Vision Racing preview

* NEW LEADERSHIP: Just a few weeks ago Vision Racing co-owners Tony and Laura George announced that their daughter, Lauren George, has officially joined the ranks of team ownership. The younger George assumed the role of team owner on May 7, 2009,...

* NEW LEADERSHIP: Just a few weeks ago Vision Racing co-owners Tony and Laura George announced that their daughter, Lauren George, has officially joined the ranks of team ownership. The younger George assumed the role of team owner on May 7, 2009, her 18th birthday, and will oversee the Vision team's Firestone Indy Lights operation that includes the No. 21 People's Liberation machine driven by James Davison. George will be entering the University of Notre Dame this fall.

* NEW SPONSORSHIP: In addition to a new boss, Davison also got a new paint scheme for his No. 21 machine in May as premium clothier People's Liberation has assumed primary sponsorship of the car which includes their branding, logos, and a matte finish grey, orange and white color scheme.

* GOING 'LIGHT' FOR FIRST TIME EVER, AND SINCE 2005: For recently formed Bryan Herta Autosport, the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season is their first and the Iowa 100 will be the organization's seventh race. Meanwhile, Vision Racing is entering Indy Lights competition for the first time since 2005. The Iowa 100 will be Vision's 21st Indy Lights event overall. It is both teams' first attempt at Iowa Speedway in Indy Lights competition.

* TOP-TEN IN POINTS: Bryan Herta Autosport is currently eighth in the Firestone Indy Lights championship points standings as driver Daniel Herrington has only finished outside of the top-ten once this season. Vision Racing's James Davison is currently ninth in the point standings; also with just one finish outside of the top-ten.

* TECHNICAL PARTNERS: In January, Bryan Herta Autosport co-owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey announced the formation of the new Firestone Indy Lights competitor with driver Daniel Herrington, and in cooperation with Vision Racing. Immediately the team started operation in Vision Racing's 32,000 square-foot, Indianapolis based shop. Just a month later, Vision Racing announced the reformation of their own Firestone Indy Lights program for the first time sine 2005 with driver James Davison. The teams will work in tandem throughout the entire 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season.

* A VISION SEEN BEFORE: Vision Racing has one season of Firestone Indy Lights competition under its belt which came about in its debut season in 2005. During that year four drivers made a total of 23 starts in two entries (Nos. 9 and 20) and recorded five podium finishes (highest of second), seven additional top-fives, and 20 laps led.

* FIND US ONLINE, ANYTIME: The 2009 season for Vision Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport will include a foray into social media. Vision Racing has established itself in the realm of online social media and networking via accounts at Twitter.com, Facebook.com and YouTube.com this season, while Bryan Herta Autosport is also maintaining Twitter.com and Facebook.com accounts. These outlets will allow the teams' fans, friends, followers and even members of the media the opportunity to closely follow and interact with them. Bryan Herta Autosport can also be found online at BryanHertaAutosport.com. In addition, RACERSITES.com is working on a redesign of VisionRacing.com which is set to launch in June 2009.

* A TEAM WITH A VISION: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George, daughter Lauren, as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC's Grey's Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the IndyCar Series and is entering its fifth season of IndyCar Series competition and second year of Firestone Indy Lights racing. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and Indy car racing.

* A TEAM ON A MISSION: Bryan Herta Autosport is owned by IndyCar Series driver veteran Bryan Herta and Indy Racing League engineer veteran Steve Newey. The team operates out of the Vision Racing shop and works in conjunction with the Vision Racing to field the No. 28 Le Bleu sponsored Dallara/Firestone for promising driver, Daniel Herrington.

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

Birthday: Aug. 28, 1986; Hometown: Melbourne, Australia; Residence: Indianapolis, IN

Drove to top-five finish in most recent race at Milwaukee.

* AT IOWA: Davison will be competing at Iowa Speedway for the second time. Last year while driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Davison started 13th and finished 15th. His best oval finish this season with Vision Racing is fifth in the most recent race at Milwaukee.

* MOST RECENTLY: Starting from the seventh position, Davison ran a clean and smart race and eventually jumped up to the fourth position. He ran in fourth for much of the race until lapped traffic slowed his pace causing Sebastian Saavedra to overtake him on lap 85. From there Davison held on to finish fifth; his best result of the season.

* 2009 SEASON: This is the second full season in Firestone Indy Lights competition for Davison. The Iowa 100 will be Davison's seventh event of the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season. He is currently ninth in the championship point standings.

* NEW BOSS AND SPONSOR: Just last month team co-owners Tony and Laura George announced that daughter Lauren will join the ranks of team ownership and be responsible for the team's Indy Lights effort. In conjunction with that announcement, it was also announced that premium clothier People's Liberation would serve as the primary sponsor for the No. 21 machine for the rest of the season. Thus, Davison's car now sports the branding, logos and orange, grey and white colors of People's Liberation.

* INDY LIGHTS WINNER: Davison earned his first Firestone Indy Lights victory in 2008 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He also earned his first pole last season at Nashville Superspeedway.

* PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Davison has previous driving experience and success in the Star Mazda, Champ Car Atlantic, Formula BMW USA, and Victorian Formula Ford Series'.

* IN THE BLOOD: Davison is a third-generation driver whose father Jon Davison was a Formula 5000 competitor and former president of Sandown International Motor Raceway. Davison's grandfather, Lex Davison, was a four-time winner of the Australian Grand Prix.

* LOOKING FOR VISION'S FIRST WIN: Davison is aiming for the team's first Firestone Indy Lights victory as Vision Racing celebrates its fifth anniversary season in the Indy Racing League and second season of Firestone Indy Lights competition. Officially Davison is the team's fifth Firestone Indy Lights pilot.

* JAMES AT-A-GLANCE: Davison is participating in his second season in Firestone Indy Lights competition, and his first with his second team in Vision Racing. The 22-year-old Australian earned his first Indy Lights victory last season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

o FIL Seasons: 1

o Highest Career Start: 1st - Nashville Superspeedway, 2008/Sam Schmidt Motorsports

o Highest Career Finish: 1st - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 2008/Sam Schmidt Motorsports

o Laps Led: 34

o Top-5's: 4

o Top-10's: 9

o Starts: 21

o Running at Finish: 20 (95%)

Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Firestone:

Birthday: July 12, 1986 Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC Residence: Raleigh, NC

One top-five and four top-ten finishes in six races this season.

* AT IOWA: Herrington will be racing Iowa Speedway for the first time. His best finish on an oval this season is sixth at Kansas Speedway.

* CONSISTENCY IS KEY: In the six races this season Herrington has finished in the top-five once and the top-ten four times. The recent North Carolina State University graduate is currently eighth in the championship point standings.

* MOST RECENTLY: Starting from the 11th spot, Herrington advanced to the eighth which is where he ran until he lost control of the rear-end of the car in turn four on lap 86, spun, and made significant contact with the inside wall. Herrington was relegated to a 14th place finish and his first DNF of the season and just second career DNF in 19 Firestone Indy Lights starts. It is also the first time Herrington has finished outside of the top-ten this season.

* 2009 SEASON: This is the third season of Firestone Indy Lights competition overall for Herrington, but with BHA he is currently working on his first full season in the series. After six races, Herrington is eighth in the championship point standings and has finished outside of the top-ten just once this season. The Iowa 100 will be his seventh event of the 2009 season.

* BEAUTIFUL IN BLEU: In March, BHA proudly welcomed Le Bleu water as primary sponsor to the team. Le Bleu Corporation, established in 1990, developed the ultimate process to produce the purest and best tasting water in the world. Le Bleu's purification process eliminates the inorganic minerals and chemicals that may be present in other waters. Le Bleu offers 5-gallon home service in select area across North and South Carolina, and has launched nationally with major distribution chains, and retailers, and several international distributors.

* PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Prior to coming to pilot open wheel cars in Firestone Indy Lights, Herrington climbed the ranks in Formula Mazda, Formula BMW USA Series, and was crowned champ in the Skip Barber Regional and NASA Spec E-30 series.

* LOOKING FOR BHA'S FIRST WIN: Herrington is aiming for BHA's first Firestone Indy Lights victory in the team's debut season. A win by Herrington would also be his first in Firestone Indy Lights competition.

* BMOC: Herrington has officially wrapped up his role as "big man on campus" at North Carolina State University as he graduated Magna Cum Laude in May with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

* DANIEL AT-A-GLANCE: The 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season has Herrington competing in his first full season with first-year team, Bryan Herta Autosport. Herrington has participated in two partial seasons in both 2007 and 2008. His best finish is third at Watkins Glen International in 2007. He competed in eight races last season for two different teams and recorded four top-10 finishes. He hopes to record a first Indy Lights victory for himself and BHA in their debut season.

About the Iowa 100: The 115 lap/100.625 mile race at Iowa Speedway will run Saturday, May 20th. Television coverage will air on VERSUS, Monday, June 22nd at 4 p.m. (ET).

-credit: bha/vr

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Bryan Herta , Sam Schmidt , Skip Barber , James Davison , Daniel Herrington , Patrick Dempsey , Sebastian Saavedra
Teams Bryan Herta Autosport