GOING 'LIGHT' FOR FIRST TIME EVER, AND SINCE 2005: For recently formed Bryan Herta Autosport, the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season is their first and the Long Beach 100 will be the organization's third race. Meanwhile, Vision Racing is entering...
GOING 'LIGHT' FOR FIRST TIME EVER, AND SINCE 2005: For recently formed Bryan Herta Autosport, the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season is their first and the Long Beach 100 will be the organization's third race. Meanwhile, Vision Racing is entering Indy Lights competition for the first time since 2005. The Long Beach 100 will be Vision's 17th Indy Lights event overall. It is both teams' first Indy Lights attempts at Long Beach.
FIT FOR A KING: BHA is proud to show off a new primary sponsor for the Long Beach Firestone Indy Lights race. KING TACO will appear on the sidepods and front wings of the no.28 Le Bleu BHA car. "Bryan Herta Autosport is thrilled to have King Taco Restaurants come onboard as primary sponsor for the #28 car this weekend," says team owner Bryan Herta. "The Long Beach Grand Prix is a very special weekend, and King Taco has been a sponsor of the event for 15 years, so we are proud to represent them on track. Raul Martinez and his family have supported racing for many years, from karting to stockcars to formula cars. They are passionate about racing and generous about helping up and coming drivers and teams. We look forward to bringing them a great result on the track, and celebrating with some great food afterwards!"
FOURTH IN POINTS: BHA is currently fourth in the Firestone Indy Lights championship points standings as driver Daniel Herrington scored a seventh and fifth place finish in the season-opening races at St. Pete. Vision Racing's James Davison is currently 12th in the point standings.
TECHNICAL PARTNERS: In January, Bryan Herta Autosport co-owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey announced the formation of the new Firestone Indy Lights competitor with driver Daniel Herrington, and in cooperation with Vision Racing. Immediately the team started operation in Vision Racing's 32,000 square-foot, Indianapolis based shop. Just a month later, Vision Racing announced the reformation of their own Firestone Indy Lights program for the first time sine 2005 with driver James Davison. The teams will work in tandem throughout the entire 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season.
A VISION SEEN BEFORE: Vision Racing has one season of Firestone Indy Lights competition under its belt which came about in its debut season in 2005. During that year four drivers made a total of 23 starts in two entries (Nos. 9 and 20) and recorded five podium finishes (highest of second), seven additional top-fives, and 20 laps led.
FIND US ONLINE, ANYTIME: The 2009 season for Vision Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport will include 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 and Facebook accounts as well as Youtube, Flickr, and Myspace. 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. In addition, RACERSITES.com is working on a redesign of VisionRacing.com which is set to launch in May 2009.
A TEAM WITH A VISION: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George 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.
James Davison - No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone:
Looking to rebound at Long Beach.
AT LONG BEACH: The Long Beach 100 will be Davison's first attempt on the streets of Long Beach in a Firestone Indy Lights Dallara/Firestone machine.
MOST RECENTLY: Davison debuted for Vision Racing on the Streets of St. Petersburg in the season-opening races. Starting fourth in the first race, Davison drove in the top-three, but finished in the eighth position. In the second race, he again started fourth and was running fifth when being punted behind. He recovered to finish in the 17th position.
2009 SEASON: This is the second full season in Firestone Indy Lights competition for Davison. The Long Beach 100 will be Davison's third event of the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season. He is currently 12th in the championship point standings.
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 while his 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. Officially Davison is 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
Currently fourth in the championship point standings.
AT LONG BEACH: Herrington will be racing the streets of Long Beach for the first time in a Firestone Indy Lights Dallara/Firestone.
STRONG START: Completing the two events on the streets of St. Petersburg, Herrington got off to a great start for the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season. After earning a top-ten and a top-five finish, he is currently fourth in the championship point standings.
MOST RECENTLY: In the season-opening event at St. Pete and Herrington's debut with BHA, he started 11th and drove a clean race to finish in the top-10 and in the seventh spot. In the second race, Herrington again started 11th and methodically worked his way through the field to finish in the fifth spot.
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 the first two races in St. Petersburg he is fourth in the championship point standings. The Long Beach 100 will be his third 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 is wrapping up his role as "big man on campus" at North Carolina State University this May as he is graduating with a degree in 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.