Toronto: BHA/Vision Racing preview

* FIRST-EVER POLE POSITION: James Davison gave the Vision Racing organization it's first-ever pole position last weekend as he qualified the No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone machine in the top spot for tomorrow's...

* FIRST-EVER POLE POSITION: James Davison gave the Vision Racing organization it's first-ever pole position last weekend as he qualified the No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone machine in the top spot for tomorrow's Corning 100 at Watkins Glen International. It was Davidson's second-career Firestone Indy Lights pole position.

* PODIUM FINISHES FOR VISION & BHA: Technical partners, Vision Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport and their drivers James Davison and Felipe Guimarães took the second and third spots, respectively, in the Corning 100 at Watkins Glen International last weekend. It was the first podium finishes for each team after Davison gave Vision Racing their first-ever pole position and Guimarães made his series debut. Fellow BHA driver, Daniel Herrington finished the race in the seventh position. The second place finish tied Vision Racing's best in Indy Lights competition, while the third place drive was a new high for BHA.

* NEW LEADERSHIP: Just this past May, 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 now oversees 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 Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto will be the organization's ninth race. Meanwhile, Vision Racing is entering Indy Lights competition for the first time since 2005. The Grand Prix of Toronto will be Vision's 23rd Indy Lights event overall. It will be both teams' first trips to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

* TOP-FIVE AND TOP-TEN IN POINTS: Vision Racing and James Davison are currently fifth in the Firestone Indy Lights championship point standings. Both Davison and Herrington have only finished outside of the top-ten just once this season.

* 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: Besides a recent relaunch of VisionRacing.com, the 2009 season for Vision Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport has also included 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, while Vision Racing's online home is VisionRacing.com.

* 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. In addition, BHA became a two-car effort for the first time by adding the No. 29 entry for 18-year-old Felipe Guimarães for Watkins Glen only.

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

Scored Vision Racing's first-ever pole position last weekend at Watkins Glen and finished second.

* AT TORONTO: Davison is making his first start at Toronto as the Firestone Indy Lights Series races there for the first time.

* MOST RECENTLY: Davison scored the Vision Racing organization's first-ever pole position last weekend at Watkins Glen. It was the second-pole position of his Firestone Indy Lights career. He led 12 laps in the race and ultimately finished second; matching a team-high finish also scored by Nick Bussell in 2005 at Pikes Peak International. As a result, Davison moved up to the top-five in the championship point standings. He is currently fifth with 206 total points (73 points behind the leader).

* 2009 SEASON: This is the second full season in Firestone Indy Lights competition for Davison. The Toronto Indy Grand Prix will be Davison's ninth event of the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season. He is currently fifth in the championship point standings, has scored one pole position this season, has a season-best finish of second and has finished outside of the top-ten just one time.

* NEW BOSS AND SPONSOR: Just this past May, 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. He has already scored Vision Racing's first-ever pole position as 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.

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

Finished outside of top-ten just one time this season.

* AT TORONTO: Herrington is making his first start at Toronto as the Firestone Indy Lights Series races there for the first time.

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

* MOST RECENTLY: Qualifying the No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA machine in the seventh spot, Herrington ran as high as sixth at Watkins Glen and took the sixth spot to earn his seventh top-ten finish in eight races this season. In Herrington's five starts at Watkins Glen over three seasons, he has earned one pole, one podium (third) and three additional top-ten finishes (sixth, seventh, and eighth).

* 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 eight races, Herrington is seventh in the championship point standings and has finished outside of the top-ten just once this season. The Grand Prix of Toronto will be his ninth 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.

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