Watkins Glen: BHA/Vision Racing preview

* NEW CAR & DRIVER: Bryan Herta Autosport is pleased to announce the addition of a new car and driver for the Corning 100 as they add Felipe Guimarães, the 18 year-old Brazilian who is perhaps most well known for his role as an A1 Team ...

* NEW CAR & DRIVER: Bryan Herta Autosport is pleased to announce the addition of a new car and driver for the Corning 100 as they add Felipe Guimarães, the 18 year-old Brazilian who is perhaps most well known for his role as an A1 Team Brazil race driver, competing in the A1 Grand Prix series. Guimarães became youngest driver to score a podium finish when he finished second at Kyalami in South Africa. For the Corning 100 only, Guimarães will drive BHA's new No. 29 entry with Ian Brown serving as his BHA race engineer.

* 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.

* TOP-TEN IN POINTS: Bryan Herta Autosport is currently sixth 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 seventh in the point standings; also with just one finish outside of the top-ten.

* 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 Corning 100 will be the organization's eighth race. In addition, they'll become a two-car effort for the first time by adding the No. 29 entry for 18-year-old Felipe Guimarães. Meanwhile, Vision Racing is entering Indy Lights competition for the first time since 2005. The Corning 100 will be Vision's 22nd Indy Lights event overall. It will be BHA's first trip to Watkins Glen while Vision Racing fielded Indy Lights entries for Nick Bussell and Phil Geibler in 2005. Bussell went on to finish fifth while Giebler was sixth in that race.

* 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 last week's launch of the new 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 will become a two-car effort for the first time by adding the No. 29 entry for 18-year-old Felipe Guimarães.

James Davison - No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone:
Has finished outside of the top-ten just once this season.

* AT WATKINS GLEN: Davison has two prior starts at Watkins Glen, both coming last year, with a best finish of 11th.

* MOST RECENTLY: Davison set an Iowa Speedway track record for the Firestone Indy Lights series when he piloted the No. 21 People's Liberation car to a quick lap of 161.557 mph in his first lap of qualifying. He was on the pace to take the pole position for the race, however on his second and final lap of qualifying he spun in turn four after running over a weeper, but managed to keep the car off the wall to hang on and complete the run. He started from the 17th position as a result. Once the race began, Davison charged through the field during the race, taking advantage of restarts, lapped traffic, and just about anything he could to get a run on his fellow competitors. He ran as high as seventh in the race which is where he was set to finish until understeer caused him to make contact with the lapped car of Pippa Mann on the final lap. The race finished under caution, but Davison valiantly drove his badly damaged car all the way to the finish line. He finished in the tenth and like his teammate, has only finished outside of the top-ten just one time this season. Davison also moved up in the point standings from ninth to seventh with 165 points (62 points behind the leader)

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

* 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.

* 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.

Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Firestone:
Has a pole and podium at Watkins Glen.

* AT WATKINS GLEN: Herrington has four previous starts at Watkins Glen over the past two seasons with one pole, one podium (third) and two additional top-ten finishes (sixth and eighth).

* 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: At Iowa Speedway, Herrington started a team-best fourth and was running in the second position on lap 93 when Herrington was attempting to get around lapped traffic, including competitor Mike Potekhen who was less than yielding. Herrington made contact with Potekhen and as a result, began shuffling back through the field due to damage to the car. He hung on to take the ninth position. In the seven races so far this season, Herrington has only finished outside of the top-ten once this season when he had contact with the wall at Milwaukee. As a result, he has moved up from eighth to sixth in the Firestone Indy Lights championship point standings with 168 points (59 points behind the leader).

* 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 seven races, Herrington is sixth in the championship point standings and has finished outside of the top-ten just once this season. The Corning 100 will be his eighth 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.

* 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.

Felipe Guimarães - No.29 Bryan Herta Autosport / Dallara / Firestone:
Watkins Glen will be his first race on US soil

FELIPE GUIMARAES QUOTE: "I am really looking forward to my first race in the USA, especially at such a legendary circuit as Watkins Glen, which is very special as it is where fellow Brazilian and manager Emerson Fittipaldi won his first Formula 1 race. I expect some tough competition from the rest of the Firestone Indy Lights field, but I also feel I'll be working with a great team here. There's a lot of depth with Bryan (Herta), Steve (Newey), Ian (Brown) and the rest of the guys. I hope to be able to do more races in Firestone Indy Lights this summer, and I am sure I'll be well prepared when the next A1GP season gets under way at Surfers' Paradise, in Australia, in a few months."

TEAM OWNER BRYAN HERTA QUOTE: "We are looking forward to running Felipe in the #29 BHA entry at Watkins Glen. He is a talent with great potential and will be a welcome addition to our established drivers Daniel Herrington and James Davison of Vision Racing. We are all approaching the race at the Glen with a great deal of optimism."

-credit: bha/vr

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Bryan Herta , Sam Schmidt , Nick Bussell , Pippa Mann , James Davison , Daniel Herrington , Patrick Dempsey , Felipe Guimaraes , Phil Geibler
Teams Bryan Herta Autosport