Long Beach: BHA/Vision Racing race report

Vision Racing & BHA Score Top-10 FIL Finishes at Long Beach LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 19, 2009) - Under the warm Southern California sun, Vision Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport partnered to score a pair of top-ten finishes with drivers James...

Vision Racing & BHA Score Top-10 FIL Finishes at Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 19, 2009) - Under the warm Southern California sun, Vision Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport partnered to score a pair of top-ten finishes with drivers James Davison and Daniel Herrington taking seventh and tenth in the Firestone Indy Lights Long Beach 100, held on the streets of Long Beach, Calif.

The third Indy Lights event of the season featured Davison and Herrington starting from the 10th and 13th positions, respectively.

Davison drove a clean race in the No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone machine and managed to move up to the seventh position where he held on to take the checkered flag. The top-ten finish moved Davison up two spots in the championship point standings to the tenth position with 63 points (44 points behind the leader).

Piloting the No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Firestone machine, Herrington started 13th and also drove a smart and clean race which allowed him to finish in the top-ten. In three races so far this season, Herrington has yet to finish outside of the top-ten and as a result, he remains fifth in the championship point standings with 76 points (31 points behind the leader).

James Davison - No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"It was a solid race, but difficult. We just struggled with a lack of all-around grip. I was trying my hardest, but it was just evident that the pack I was in was going to be the best that I could do. It is very difficult to carry speed with a car that is sliding around on entry and has understeer on the exit. But, there was no lack of effort by the team. We secured a solid finish to try and recover that incident when I was punted out of the race at St. Pete. So we move on to the next race in Kansas and we had a good test at Kentucky on the oval so we're expecting our oval speed to be within the top-six and hopefully we're even surprised. So now we have four ovals and come Watkins Glen, we're proving to be quick on the road courses as we saw in the Barber test, so we are definitely looking forward to going there and doing well. So now we've just got a little bit of work to do for the street courses with Toronto and Edmonton coming up later in the year."

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

"Honestly, it has been a frustrating weekend. We had some decent practices, but weren't quite happy with the car. Then with trouble getting a clean lap during qualifying, it put us at a serious disadvantage for the race. We made some more changes to the car to see how it would react, but the track seemed to change a lot and the car was a handful out there. The guys did a great job this weekend. We'll take out top ten and get out of here, but we definitely need to improve some on the street circuits. The spirit of the team is really optimistic about ovals and I am looking forward to Kansas."

On race at Kansas next week: "It will be fun, actually. Our first oval test didn't go very well, but we did another oval test at Kentucky and we went really quick so the whole spirit of the team is pretty optimistic about Kansas, so I'm looking forward to getting on an oval."

Bryan Herta, Co-Owner - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"I have to be happy with the result because we just had a tough weekend. Qualifying did not go as well as we would have hoped with James [Davison] or Daniel [Herrington] and so today they stayed clean and out of trouble and kept the cars running all day and we were able to come out of there with two top-ten finishes. Qualifying was key this weekend and we didn't execute that as well as we needed to. We'll have to work on that, but I'm happy with the result and the job the guys did and I'm looking forward to going racing again next weekend in Kansas."

Firestone Indy Lights action resumes next weekend at Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 100 on Suanday, April 26th.

-credit: bha/vr

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