Edmonton: BHA/Vision Racing preview

* READY FOR EDMONTON: Coming off a top-five finish for Vision Racing's James Davison and a top-ten performance for Bryan Herta Autosport's Daniel Herrington in a challenging drive on the streets of Toronto, the Firestone Indy Lights teams are back...

* READY FOR EDMONTON: Coming off a top-five finish for Vision Racing's James Davison and a top-ten performance for Bryan Herta Autosport's Daniel Herrington in a challenging drive on the streets of Toronto, the Firestone Indy Lights teams are back on Canadian soil and on the temporary street track and airport runways of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Grand Prix of Edmonton will be Vision's 24th Indy Lights event overall (since 2005). It will be both Vision & BHA's first trips to Edmonton.

* TOP-FIVE AND TOP-TEN IN POINTS: Vision Racing and Davison are currently fifth in the Firestone Indy Lights championship point standings with 236 points (83 points behind the leader). BHA and Herrington are currently in the seventh place with 218 points (101 points behind the leader) In nine races so far this season, both Davison and Herrington have only one finish outside of the top-ten.

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

* PODIUM FINISHES FOR VISION AND 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 earlier this month. 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.

* 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:

Started third and battled through tough conditions and long pit stop to take fifth at Toronto.

* AT EDMONTON: Davison is making his first start at Edmonton in Firestone Indy Lights competition as the series races there for the first time. However, he has driven the 14-turn, 1.96-mile road course previously in his racing career. In the two most recent Indy Lights events, both road and street courses, Davison has started first and third and driven to second and fifth place finishes.

* MOST RECENTLY: From a third place spot on the starting grid on the streets of Toronto, Canada, Davison had a great start and moved quickly into second place on the first lap. As the 1.755-mile street circuit dried quickly and teams called their cars in to take slick tires, the challenge of a pit stop took its toll on the Vision crew, whose pit equipment did not include air tools. The teams with the auxiliary equipment took advantage of their quicker stops to move to the front. Davison was hurt the most by a lengthy pit stop, dropping down to 13th spot, but immediately charged through the field, making strong passing maneuvers, and consistently setting fast laps in No. 21 People's Liberation machine. Davison crossed the finish line for a fifth place finish setting the fastest lap of the race, 95.886 mph (65.8907 sec) on lap 49 of 50. It was his third top-5 finish in the last four races.

* POLE POSITION: Davison scored the Vision Racing organization's first-ever pole recently at Watkins Glen. It was the second-pole position of his Firestone Indy Lights career. He led 12 laps in the race, the Corning 100, and ultimately finished second; matching a team-high finish also scored by Nick Bussell in 2005 at Pikes Peak International.

* 2009 SEASON: This is the second full season in Firestone Indy Lights competition for Davison. The Edmonton Grand Prix will be Davison's tenth 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, has finished in the top-five in three of the last four races, 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 EDMONTON: Herrington is making his first start at Edmonton as the Firestone Indy Lights Series races there for the first time.

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

* MOST RECENTLY: The Firestone Indy Lights race at the Grand Prix of Toronto began under wet conditions and on treaded tires, included the challenge of a pitstop, an unusual occurrence in FIL, did not see a single full course caution, also unusual, and ended with a well earned top-10 result for Bryan Herta Autosport's Daniel Herrington.Herrington, who was relegated to the back of the grid after a very difficult day of practice and qualifying that ended with a technical inspection infraction, worked his way up from a 18th place starting position. As the 1.755-mile street circuit dried quickly and teams called their cars in to take slick tires, the challenge of a pit stop took its toll on the BHA crew, whose pit equipment did not include air tools. The teams with the auxiliary equipment took advantage of their quicker stops to move to the front.Herrington was hampered by the lengthy stop for tires, but drove a patience and smart race that earned him the most improved driver of the race honors by working his way up nine positions to cross the finish line in ninth place for his eighth top-10 finish in nine starts 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 nine 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 Edmonton will be his tenth 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.

-credit: vr/bha

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Bryan Herta , Sam Schmidt , Skip Barber , Nick Bussell , James Davison , Daniel Herrington , Patrick Dempsey , Felipe Guimaraes
Teams Bryan Herta Autosport