DAVISON GIVES VISION RACING FIRST-EVER POLE POSITION WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 3, 2009) - James Davison gave the Vision Racing organization its first-ever pole position Friday afternoon as he qualified the No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision...
DAVISON GIVES VISION RACING FIRST-EVER POLE POSITION
WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 3, 2009) - James Davison gave the Vision Racing organization its first-ever pole position Friday afternoon as he qualified the No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone machine in the top spot for Saturday's Corning 100 at Watkins Glen International.
Davison's quick time of 1:37.1780 gave him a lap average of 124.843 mph and enough for his second-career Firestone Indy Lights pole position. Davison's first pole came in his rookie season, last year, with Sam Schmidt Motorsports at Nashville Superspeedway. He'll be vying for Vision Racing's first-ever victory and his second-career victory as well, Saturday afternoon. Davison's first victory also came last year at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Vision Racing's previous best starts in the Firestone Indy Lights series were a pair of third place qualifications by Jay Drake when the team last competed in the series in 2005. Their best Indy Lights finish was scored that same year by Nick Bussell when he finished second at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
This is the second consecutive race that Davison was actually the fastest car in qualifying. Most recently at Iowa Speedway, Davison set a new track record during qualifying, but on the final turn on his final qualifying lap, he spun (due to weeper) and was forced to start at the back of the field. He backed up that performance solidly by not only pacing the field yet again, but by taking the top spo..
Davison has two prior starts at Watkins Glen, both coming last year, with a best finish of 11th.
He finished outside of the top-ten just once this season after seven races, and his best finish this year is a fifth place drive at The Milwaukee Mile. For his efforts, Davison is awarded 1 point and is seventh spot in the Firestone Indy Lights championship points standings with 166 points (61 points behind the leader).
Team technical partner, Bryan Herta Autosport, and drivers Felipe Guimarães and Daniel Herrington will start sixth and seventh, respectively.
BHA added the No. 29 car and the 18 year-old Brazilian, Guimarães, 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.
Guimarães' best lap time was 1:37.7849 which equated to a 124.843 mph average and will make his Firestone Indy Lights debut from the sixth spot in the Corning 100 . Engineer Ian Brown is serving as Guimarães engineer for the weekend.
Meanwhile, Herrington's best lap in the No. 28 BHA/Le Bleu car was 1:38.0530 in time and 123.729 mph in speed. He'll start from the seventh spot in his fifth start at Watkins Glen. In his four previous starts at the 3.37-mile natural terrain road course over the past two seasons, he has earned one pole, one podium (third) and two additional top-ten finishes (sixth and eighth).
In seven races so far this season, Herrington has only one finish outside of the top-ten. Herrington is currently sixth in the point standings with 168 points (59 points behind the leader).
Saturday's Corning 100 at Watkins Glen International begins at 1:00 p.m. ET. Television coverage will air on Monday, June 6, 2009 at 11 p.m. on VERSUS.
James Davison - No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On pole position: "It was a matter of time before we secured the results we deserved as a team. I put in three solid laps on the tires and I knew it was going to be a tough time to beat. I came in with about five minutes to go. I was biting my fingernails but we stayed on top. It's a great result we've secured. Now it's about trying to get the race victory with the no.21 People's Liberation car. I'll be doing everything I can to get that on Saturday."
Lauren George - Owner Vision Racing No.21 People's Liberation
On pole position: "It couldn't come at a better time. We came so close by posting the fastest lap in qualifying at Iowa only to have it undone by bad luck. It's nice to reinforce the fact that the Vision Racing team's hard work with the No.21 People's Liberation entry is starting to pay off. We're hoping that this pole position is the start of a great weekend for the whole team."
Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On qualifying: "Qualifying was a little tough for us because we didn't end up quite where we wanted to be. Starting seventh isn't the worst position but for sure we're looking to start qualifying in the top three on road courses. We had some braking issues, having to pump the pedal during qualifying, and a few other issues going on too. I know my guys are on top of it and will have it all worked out for tomorrow. Now we just have to get into the No.28 Le Bleu race car and start passing some cars."
Felipe Guimarães - No. 29 BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On qualifying: ""Our qualifying run wasn't too bad but it could have been better. We had some difficulties in the morning practice to find a good set up for the No.29 Bryan Herta Autosport car but now I am quite happy with it. Now we have to think about a strategy and a good consistent car for the race but we feel fairly confident about the weekend to date."
Bryan Herta -Owner Bryan Herta Autosport No.28 & No.29
On qualifying: "Mixed emotion for me really with Felipe (Guimaraes) and Daniel (Herrington) in sixth and seventh because we wanted to be higher up but of course congratulations are in order for James (Davison) for the pole. We have some work to do overnight to overcome that gap."