DAVISON JUST MISSES FRONT ROW START AT TORONTO VISION TO START 3RD, BHA 18TH Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 10, 2009) - Vision Racing's James Davison just missed a front row starting position for the Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto...
DAVISON JUST MISSES FRONT ROW START AT TORONTO
VISION TO START 3RD, BHA 18TH
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 10, 2009) - Vision Racing's James Davison just missed a front row starting position for the Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto after his fast lap was disallowed due to a caution, dropping him a spot on the qualifying scoring charts. Davison was credited with the third quickest lap of the session in No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone machine and will start from the second row for Saturday's FIL race on the 1.755-mile circuit on the streets of Toronto, Canada.
After setting the fast lap in practice on Friday, Davison's qualifying quick time of 1:04.9416 gave him a lap average of 97.287 mph putting him third on the starting grid. Driver of the No.21 People's Liberation entry has been consistently quick in qualifying giving Vision Racing organization its' first-ever pole position on the road course at Watkins Glen just last week. He also had the fastest car in qualifying at Iowa Speedway, setting a new track record during qualifying, but on the final turn on his final qualifying lap, he spun (due to weeper) and was forced to start at the back of the field.
In his first experience on the streets of Toronto, Bryan Herta Autosport driver Daniel Herrington will feel the pain of a start from the back of the grid after a frustrating day of practice and qualifying in the No. 28 BHA/Le Bleu entry. Practice was marred by bad luck, ill timing, limited track time when he was trapped in a run off. The team faired no better in qualifying when the car ran out of fuel and as a result, for the final insult to injury, was penalized with a technical inspection infraction with regards to car weight, costing him a well earned eighth place spot on the grid. Herrington will unfortunately start from the back of the field in 18th place but will hope that some attrition and a turn in luck will help him show the speed he does have by making his way forward on the challenging street circuit.
Vision Racing and James Davison are currently fifth in the Firestone Indy Lights championship point standings with 206 total points (73 points behind the leader). BHA and Daniel Herrington are close behind in sixth place with 168 points (59 points behind the leader). In eight races so far this season, both Davison and Herrington have only one finish outside of the top-ten.
Saturday's Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto begins at 12:30 p.m. ET. Television coverage will air on Monday, July 13th, 2009 at 11 p.m. on VERSUS.
James Davison - No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We had the speed and were just a couple of hundreds off Saavedra's pole time but they took my fastest time away and we got hurt by the caution. My second quickest lap was then vulnerable and sure enough Hinchcliffe beat it on the last lap and took me off the front row. I'm disappointed to be starting third but I want to do a solid job and fight for another spot on the podium. The top one, preferably."
Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It all started off pretty well with us in the top-five on the scoring charts at the start of qualifying but then it all when downhill in a hurry. We didn't anticipate that the qualifying session would remain green for so long so we ended up running out of fuel and sitting watching the final 10 minutes unfold. We gave it a good run and an eighth place starting position would have been fair but unfortunately we'll have to work that much harder for a good finish now."
Bryan Herta -Owner Bryan Herta Autosport
"We're disappointed for Daniel because he earned his eighth place qualifying position but we made a miscalculation on the amount of fuel needed and that caused us to be light and cost him the position of the starting grid. He'll have a lot of work to do but we'll show up for the race ready to prove that we have the speed to move back up."