DAVISON PUTS VISION RACING IN VICTORY LANE AT MID-OHIO; BHA TAKES FOURTH AND SIXTH LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 9, 2009) - Last weekend at Kentucky Speedway Vision Racing missed out on their first-ever trip to victory lane by 0.0162 of second in the...
DAVISON PUTS VISION RACING IN VICTORY LANE AT MID-OHIO; BHA TAKES FOURTH AND SIXTH
LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 9, 2009) - Last weekend at Kentucky Speedway Vision Racing missed out on their first-ever trip to victory lane by 0.0162 of second in the IndyCar Series race with driver Ed Carpenter. Eight days and one race later the five-year-old organization has finally captured their first victory, and from the pole with driver James Davison in the Firestone Indy Lights Mid-Ohio 100 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; with Davison driving the No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine.
Team technical partner, Bryan Herta Autosport and drivers Felipe Guimarães and Daniel Herrington, finished fourth and sixth, respectively, with some very hard fought drives.
After giving Vision Racing its second-ever pole and second of the 2009 Indy Lights season yesterday in qualifying, Davison drove a commanding race Sunday morning and never relinquished the lead, wining by a margin of 4.0420 seconds. In doing so, he becomes a back-to-back winner at Mid-Ohio and earns his second-career Indy Lights victory.
The win gave Davison a boost in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship point standings as well, moving him up from sixth to third with 341 points (79 points behind the leader).
Guimarães started his second Indy Lights race from the ninth position with Bryan Herta Autosport. On the start, Guimarães advanced four positions in the No. 29 A1GP Brazil/ BHA Dallara/Firestone machine and took the fifth spot. Eventually, he made his way to fourth where he took the checkered flag.
In his debut last month at Watkins Glen, Guimarães finished on the podium, in third, thus giving him a pair of top-fives in his only two starts. He'll drive again for BHA in two weeks at Infineon Raceway.
Herrington and the No. 28 Le Bleu car finished where he started, in the sixth spot, but did not have the luxury of running there for the duration of the race. At the start, Herrington dropped to eighth and eventually as low as ninth before charging back through the pack and recapturing the sixth position. He battled Martin Plowman for the last half of the race for the fifth position, but was not able to make the pass on the narrow race course.
Herrington remains seventh in the championship point standings with296 points (124 points behind the leader).
Television coverage of the Mid-Ohio 100 from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will air Monday, Aug. 10th at 4 p.m. on VERSUS. Firestone Indy Lights action resumes in two weeks from Infineon Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 23rd.
James Davison - No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing
"It was one of the best races I've run. The People's Liberation car was very consistent and it was a very good team effort. I feel a little guilty taking Vision's first win from Ed (Carpenter) after he drove so well last weekend in Kentucky and came so close but he's going to get one soon. This Vision Firestone Indy Lights team had done everything but win a race this season and I want to thank my guys so much for all their hard work all year long. We'd love to carry this momentum to Sonoma and try to do it all again."
Tony George- Vision Racing Team Owner
On FIL race win:
"I'm very proud of today's result by our Firestone Indy Lights People's Liberation team. They did a great job this weekend. A lot of hard work went it to this by the whole team and James (Davison) all year long and it's great to be rewarded with such a strong performance. The team and it's partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport was very strong this weekend. We just barely missed out on putting all three cars in the top-5 both yesterday and today. After flirting with a victory last weekend, it's nice to finally get that first win for our organization."