A PAIR OF TOP-10s FOR BHA & VISION IN KANSAS LOTTERY 100 KANSAS CITY, Kansas (April 26, 2009)- Battling difficult conditions and a competitive field of 24 Firestone Indy Lights cars including 13 rookies for the Kansas Lottery 100, Daniel ...
A PAIR OF TOP-10s FOR BHA & VISION IN KANSAS LOTTERY 100
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (April 26, 2009)- Battling difficult conditions and a competitive field of 24 Firestone Indy Lights cars including 13 rookies for the Kansas Lottery 100, Daniel Herrington of Bryan Herta Autosport and teammate James Davison of Vision Racing brought home a pair of top-ten finishes on the 1.5 mile oval at Kansas Speedway.
From a 12th place spot on the grid, Herrington had a good start and in just his third oval race drove the No.28 Le Bleu car to a sixth place finish in an incident-filled 67-lap race affected by wind gusts of 30 mph which impacted the aerodynamics of the FIL cars. He has yet to finish out of the top-ten this season.
With the result, Herrington is off to a great start for the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season earning his fourth top-ten finish in as many starts, and is currently sixth in the FIL Championship point standings with 104, just 26 points behind the leader, Jonathan Summerton.
Vision Racing's Davison started from the eight spot on the grid for his second career race at Kansas and the team's first FIL start on the oval. The driver of the No.21 Sonax Vision entry drove a good clean race and while he initially fell back, methodically worked his way back up the field to finish with an eight place position.
Davison's third top-ten finish of the season puts him into the top-ten in the FIL Championship standings with 87 points, 43 behind the leader.
The race was won under caution by rookie Sebastien Saavedra, who had started second. Pole sitter Wade Cunningham finished second followed by Mario Romancini to round out the top-three finishers at Kansas.
The next Firestone Indy Lights race is the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 22nd, 2009.
James Davison - No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"That was the most difficult race I have ever run. They were very difficult conditions and I had to hang on to my car the entire race. Starting eighth, I feel I drove a smart race to drive it home eighth with the car moving around like it was in the wind. On the low groove the front end would wash away while the rear of the car on the high groove the car would wiggle and get loose. I feel like I was driving my car sideways just trying to hold on to it .It was evident that a lot of people were struggling to hang on to their own cars with some ending up in the wall .It was our first race on an oval as a team and we learned quite a bit. Evidently Daniel (Herrington) had a little different car that seemed to work for him and when your teammate can run just slightly stronger than you can, the benefit of working as a team will show in the long run because everyone learns from that and builds on it for the next run and makes everything more efficient. That is certainly a strength as we head for Indianapolis."
Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"Considering how unhappy we were with our race car on Saturday and we didn't qualify all that well, we decided to try a whole new set up for race day. We tried something to see what we'd learn and it really paid off. It was very difficult conditions out there with the wind blowing us this way and that, especially in Turn 3 and 4. The No.28 Le Bleu car was really good and we were able to make up a bunch of positions on the start and hang with a lot of the car up there so I'm really happy. I think we learned a lot as a team and now we have big momentum going to Indy and keep working with these oval cars. It really helped with my confidence because I have only driven two ovals before and trying to understand what I needed out of the race car and what it should feel like, now I have a better sense for that. Hopefully now with a few more practices, I can tell the team what the car needs to be fast in the race. I would definitely say that our confidence level is up after the struggles of a street course and a good result on an oval."