BRYAN HERTA AUTOSPORT AND VISION RACING SCORE TOP-TENS IN FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS SEASON-OPENER FROM ST. PETE ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(April 4, 2009) - Making their Firestone Indy Lights debut in the 2009 season-opener; Race No. 1 on the Streets of ...
BRYAN HERTA AUTOSPORT AND VISION RACING SCORE TOP-TENS IN FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS SEASON-OPENER FROM ST. PETE
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(April 4, 2009) - Making their Firestone Indy Lights debut in the 2009 season-opener; Race No. 1 on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Bryan Herta Racing and driver Daniel Herington finished in the top-ten; driving from 11th to seventh in the 40 lap race.
Partner Vision Racing, who made their first Indy Lights start since 2005, started fourth with sophomore driver James Davison and finished in the eighth spot and also captured a top-ten finish on the day.
Piloting the No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Firestone machine, Herrington charged up through the field from the 11th spot and ran as high as seventh in the race where he would eventually take the checkered flag.
Earlier in the day, Herrington secured another 11th place starting spot in qualifying for Race No. 2 which is set to start tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (ET)
In spite of participating in the last two Indy Lights seasons, Herrington is participating in his first races at St. Pete as well. His highest road course finish to date is third in 2007 at Watkins Glen International.
Meanwhile, Davison started from the fourth spot in the No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone machine and jumped to third on the opening lap with a strong pass in turn one. He eventually made his way up to second place where he ran for several laps before getting loose in dirt and debris on the course from a previous incident. The bobble caused Davison to slip back through the field until he eventually regained control and held steady in the eighth spot until the finish.
Davison will again start fourth for the Race No. 2 tomorrow after again grabbing the fourth spot in qualifying earlier today.
Prior to this afternoon, Davison has two previous starts on the Streets of St. Petersburg last season with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. In the first event he started seventh and finished 13th and in the second race he started 13th and finished 14th. His highest road course finish to date is first at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
James Davison - No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On race number 1: "I made a very good start and then I just made a number of mistakes when I was trying to out-brake people. I didn't quite have the stability in the car to be able to brake as late and carry the speed through the turns as I would have liked. Whenever I had to defend and brake lightly, then I would lock the fronts [tires], skid wide and that how I lost all of my positions. It was a tough debut with Vision Racing, but we had a okay speed and now its up to me tomorrow to do a better job in the second race."
Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On race number 1: "I think we did pretty much what we set out to do. We wanted to run a nice, consistent race for our first time here and our first race towards the championship and we kind of got hurt a bit by the qualifying procedure. So we ended up running kind of where we were speed-wise from practice and qualifying, which was good, but we still left some time out there to try and figure out to get back overnight. We are still lacking just a little bit here and there to get to that next level and to get in the top-three. We'll work on it tonight and try and make some gains on it in the race tomorrow."
Bryan Herta, Co-Owner - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We came here with high hopes and seventh and eighth maybe didn't match our expectations but by the same token it was our first race in the series and we came away from it with good points for both cars. With two races in one weekend, it also gives us a chance to make some changes, hopefully improve our cars and improve our finishing positions tomorrow. That's what we'll try to do."