VISION RACING TO START FOURTH, BHA 11TH, IN FIRST FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS RACE FROM ST. PETE ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(April 3, 2009) - Vision Racing driver James Davison will start fourth in the first of two Firestone Indy Lights races on the streets...
VISION RACING TO START FOURTH, BHA 11TH, IN FIRST FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS RACE FROM ST. PETE
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(April 3, 2009) - Vision Racing driver James Davison will start fourth in the first of two Firestone Indy Lights races on the streets of St. Petersburg tomorrow, while technical partner Bryan Herta Autosport and their driver, Daniel Herrington, will start from the 11th position.
Davison is entering his second season and driving in what is Vision Racing's first Indy Lights race since the 2005 season.
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.
In today's morning practice session, Davison was 10th fastest in his No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone machine under wet conditions.
BHA's debut to Indy Lights saw them finish this morning's practice in the seventh spot and their first green flag will come from the 11th position with Herrington behind the wheel of the No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Firestone car.
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.
Both drivers will be looking to put their team in victory lane for the first time tomorrow.
James Davison - No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone:
On qualifying: "To be honest it's been a challenging day with practice this morning being wet and then going into qualifying with an unknown set up. In my qualifying session we were all sliding around a lot and struggling for overall grip. It's a good starting position for the race but we need to do some work tonight to make sure we are competitive in qualifying tomorrow for the second race."
Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Firestone:
On qualifying :"Obviously the wet practice wasn't great since I've never been here before and I would have liked to get a little extra track time on the dry track. It was tough to go out qualifying not knowing what we had and having it cut in half. Our track time has been pretty limited so far. We got up to speed pretty quick but it's taking some time to figure out where all the lap time is on the track and be comfortable but we were pushing pretty hard here and there. We qualified 6th in our group, which put us 11th overall, and that isn't really where we want to be. We'll be working on the Le Bleu car to make it better and hopefully that'll put us where we want to be tomorrow."
Bryan Herta- Team Owner No.28 Le Bleu Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Firestone:
"It was kind of an up and down day. It was tough for us being a new team and getting a wet session this morning. Qualifying was our first chance to run here in the dry with these cars and we certainly learned some things this session about the set up that we'll need to address for the qualifying session tomorrow (for race #2). Daniel and James both did a good job getting what they could out of it. It's a bit of a weird qualifying system and weird day so qualifying fourth and eleventh didn't make me happy or disappointed, I'm just kind of okay with that but looking forward to making some improvements and hopefully having a better qualifying session (for race #2) and two strong races this weekend."