TOP-FIVE FINISH FOR BRYAN HERTA AUTOSPORT AT ST.PETE; VISION RACING OVERCOMES CONTACT TO FINISH 17TH ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 5, 2009) - In just their second Firestone Indy Lights race, Bryan Herta Autosport and team driver Daniel ...
TOP-FIVE FINISH FOR BRYAN HERTA AUTOSPORT AT ST.PETE; VISION RACING OVERCOMES CONTACT TO FINISH 17TH
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 5, 2009) - In just their second Firestone Indy Lights race, Bryan Herta Autosport and team driver Daniel Herrington scored a top-five finish on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Partner Vision Racing and driver James Davison were less fortunate as a hit from behind mid-race shuffled Davison back in the field where he continued on to finish 17th in the second race of the weekend.
Just as in their season debut a day earlier, race No. 2 from the Streets of St. Petersburg again featured both Davison and Herrington starting from the fourth and 11th positions, respectively.
Piloting the No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Firestone machine, Herrington sustained slight contact in the race which shuffled him back from 11th to the 13th spot. From there, he ran a strong, aggressive, but smart race which saw him advance all the way to the fifth position.
Backing up a seventh place finish from the day before, Herrington now sits fourth in the Firestone Indy Lights championship point standings with 56 points (44 points behind the leader) after the first weekend of competition.
Davison started from the fourth spot in the No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone machine and was running a solid race from the fifth position when he was punted from behind by Richard Philippe in the No. 36 car on lap 23 of 40.
The incident put Davison in the back of the field in the 22nd position and cost him valuable championship points and a potential top-five finish. Davison soldiered on to finish 17th in the race which combined with his eighth place finish yesterday, gives him 37 points (63 behind the leader) and places him in the 12th spot for the Indy Lights championship point standings.
Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It went pretty well. We obviously took advantage of some incidents out there and made one or two passes. We made some changes overnight that really helped out the car. The car was much faster than it showed; it's just really hard to get around this place with other cars. So we took advantage where we could and ended up fifth, which was great. We got a pretty solid result out of it. It's too bad we couldn't have started further up, because I think we could have run in the top three speed-wise."
On remainder of season:
"After yesterday's qualifying we weren't so optimistic just because things weren't quite going our way and we didn't seem to have the speed, but we made changes over night and definitely went in the right direction. So that's positive for us heading into the next street race at Lon Beach."
Bryan Herta, Co-Owner - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"Well, I'm really pleased. Our mistake was not getting Daniel [Herrington] or James [Davison] a good enough car in qualifying. We are still learning about street course setup and so in Daniel's case we stuck him back in 11th in qualifying and that is always a lot of work on these tight street courses. But, he was patient and smart today and that paid off; he brought home a top-five finish. That's our goal because I told him that if he wants to win a championship, then all he has to do is keep bring home top-fives. Win when you can, but keep bringing home top-fives and he did that for us today."
James Davison - No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"In Saturday's race I experienced some difficulties and today the team and I arose to the occasion. We drove a very solid race pace in fourth position as we were right with the leaders, but coming into the final corner I just got punted from behind and turned around in the middle of the race and that took me out of contention and out of a podium finish. So that makes it even more frustrating. We improved the car a great deal. Vision Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport are only going to get stronger and I have to at least leave this weekend happy with my performance in that race."