Edmonton: BHA/Vision Racing race notes

TOP 10 FINISHES FOR BHA & VISION AT EDMONTON Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (July 24, 2009) -Both Bryan Herta Autosport and Vision Racing brought home top-ten results in the Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Edmonton on the 1.96-mile temporary...

TOP 10 FINISHES FOR BHA & VISION AT EDMONTON

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (July 24, 2009) -Both Bryan Herta Autosport and Vision Racing brought home top-ten results in the Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Edmonton on the 1.96-mile temporary street circuit at Edmonton City Centre Airport. While both teams had their struggles, BHA's Daniel Herrington battled back in the No. 28 BHA/Le Bleu entry for a ninth place finish after starting ninth but dropping positions early in the race.

Meanwhile, Vision's FIL driver Davison maintained his third place starting position through to the midway point of the 50 lap race before handling issues and then contact from behind, courtesy of an impatient Ana Beatriz in Turn 10, set him back. The People's Liberation sponsored pilot eventually held on for a tenth place finish.

Vision Racing and James Davison drop a spot in the Firestone Indy Lights championship point standings to sixth place position with 256 total points (116 points behind the leader). BHA and Daniel Herrington are close behind in seventh place with 240 points (132 points behind the leader). In nine races so far this season, both Davison and Herrington have only one finish outside of the top-ten.

J.R Hildebrand, the pole sitter for the Grand Prix of Edmonton, took his third victory of the season to extend his lead in the Firestone Indy Lights championship with 372 points. Richard Phillipe finished second and Sebastian Saavedra completed the Edmonton FIL podium.

Saturday's Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Edmonton will be broadcast on Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 4 p.m. on VERSUS.

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

"After starting in the top three, I'm pretty disappointed with our result here at Edmonton. Just one lap after the green flag was waved I knew it was going to be a long race for us. The front of the car was just not working and I had maxed out our adjustments. I held on to third for half the race but it got just too difficult to control properly and simply ate up the tires. I'm not sure what the issue was exactly. It was just very frustrating especially after how strong we were in the race at Toronto and how helpless we ended up in Edmonton. I've just got to forget this one and move on to oval at Kentucky. I am however very much looking forward to Mid-Ohio. That is the race I most want to win this season."

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

"That's twice, at both Toronto and Edmonton, that we've started out slow but built up speed and by the end of the race we were one of the faster cars out there and catching a lot of guys. In this case, we lost so much ground in the first 25 laps that it was too much make up. We'll take a look at this race and try to figure out what I need to do to be more aggressive at the beginning of races to stay in the mix so that at the end we can keep being as strong as we really are and pick a few people off to get some better results."

-credit: bha/vr

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Bryan Herta , James Davison , Daniel Herrington , Sebastian Saavedra , Ana Beatriz
Teams Bryan Herta Autosport