BHA AND VISION RACING SALVAGE TOP-TEN FINISHES AT VISION RACING / BHA POST-RACE REPORT NEWTON, Iowa (June 20, 200)- In what was a wild affair at Iowa Speedway, Bryan Herta Autosport and Vision Racing drivers, Daniel Herrington and James Davison,...
BHA AND VISION RACING SALVAGE TOP-TEN FINISHES AT VISION RACING / BHA POST-RACE REPORT
NEWTON, Iowa (June 20, 200)- In what was a wild affair at Iowa Speedway, Bryan Herta Autosport and Vision Racing drivers, Daniel Herrington and James Davison, finished ninth and tenth, respectively, in the Firestone Indy Lights Miller Lite 100 under the lights on Saturday evening.
After starting over an hour late and under caution due to on-track weepers, drivers, teams and spectators alike were expecting just about anything from the 115 lap event and just about everything is what was delivered.
Qualifying a season best fourth position in the Bryan Herta Autosport No. 28 Dallara/Firestone machine sponsored by Le Bleu, Herrington advanced to the third position on the first green flag lap and began working J.R. Hildebrand for the second position. Just before a caution on lap 52, Herrington made a run on Hildebrand, but was blocked from completing the pass. Race control penalized Hildebrand and the faster Herrington was able to move to second to begin working on race leader, Wade Cunningham.
While running in the second position on lap 93, 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 right front wing damage to the car. He hung on to take the checkered flag in 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).
Vision Racing driver James Davison set a 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, but managed to keep the car off the wall to hang on and complete the run. As a result, he started from the 17th position on the grid.
Once the race began, Davison charged through the field, 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 he made contact with the lapped car of Pippa Mann just as the white flag began to wave.
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)
The 115 lap/100.625 mile race at Iowa Speedway will be broadcast on VERSUS, Monday, June 22nd at 4 p.m. (ET).
Firestone Indy Lights action resumes Saturday, July 4th at Watkins Glen International. Television coverage of the race begins at 11 p.m. (ET), Monday, July 6th on VERSUS.
Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On race: "I've never been so happy and disappointed to finish ninth. It'll pulls the heart right out of your chest to be running second and have contact with a lapped car. It's disappointing but then it's also a positive to be running up there with the leader and be running strong especially when we haven't gotten the opportunity to show what we can really do this year to date. As tough as it was to end the race that way, it's also reassuring that we've made some gains with the car and seem to be there speed wise. We sure would like to go out there and show that we have the potential to win a few of these. For the whole season we have been kind of chasing the AGR and Schmidt guys, so to be up there running and racing with them and being competitive is really reassuring. I'm looking forward to the next one."
On contact: "Wade (Cunningham) and I came up on a lapped car and Wade went by him on the inside. It looked like he left me room and I started going by him on the inside but for whatever reason we had contact. I was trying my hardest to give him enough room. I was trying to be cautious since we were sitting there in second place and I didn't want to blow our position but we still managed to make contact (front wing damage). From then on I was just trying to hold on."
James Davison - No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On race: "It all starts with track position and it was very unfortunate what happened in qualifying (spun in turn 4 of second qualifying lap) to put the No.21 People's Liberation car at the back of the grid. (On cause of incident with 2 laps to go) There was (JR) Hildebrand myself and (Charlie) Kimball running nose to tail with two laps to go and coming up on lapped traffic. JR got checked up and I had to brake hard and washed up the track and there was Pippa (Mann) running off pace a lap down. We tangled and that was it. I feel really bad to have crashed the car. I hadn't put a scratch on it all year long and I'm very disappointed especially with just two laps to go. We weren't the strongest car out there but we got up to seventh. It would have been nicer to have brought the car across the finish line. That's racing with lots of ups and downs. The ups included setting a track record with my first qualifying lap, then a down with starting last, then back up by making my way up to seventh place, and then an accident to bring us back down. The good news is that the road courses are coming up and that's where we've been strong. We recently had a strong test at Mid-Ohio and I'm looking for some redemption and vying for a win for Vision Racing."