TOP 5 & TOP 10 FINISH FOR VISION & BHA AT TORONTO Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 11, 2009) - The Firestone Indy Lights race at the Grand Prix of Toronto began under wet conditions and on treaded tires, included the challenge of a pitstop, an ...
TOP 5 & TOP 10 FINISH FOR VISION & BHA AT TORONTO
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 11, 2009) - The Firestone Indy Lights race at the Grand Prix of Toronto began under wet conditions and on treaded tires, included the challenge of a pitstop, an unusual occurrence in FIL, did not see a single full course caution, also unusual, and ended with a well earned top-5 finish for Vision Racing's James Davison and a top-10 result for Bryan Herta Autosport's Daniel Herrington.
From a third place spot on the grid, Davison had a great start and moved quickly into second place on the first lap while Herrington, who was relegated to the back of the grid after a very difficult day of practice and qualifying that ended with a technical inspection infraction, worked his way up from a 18th place starting position. As the 1.755-mile street circuit dried quickly and teams called their cars in to take slick tires, the challenge of a pit stop took its toll on the Vision and BHA crew, whose pit equipment did not include air tools. The teams with the auxiliary equipment took advantage of their quicker stops to move to the front.
Davison was hurt the most by a lengthy pit stop, dropping down to 13th spot, but immediately charged through the field, making strong passing maneuvers, and consistently setting fast laps in No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone machine. Davison crossed the finish line for a fifth place finish setting the fastest lap of the race, 95.886 mph (65.8907 sec) on lap 49 of 50. It is his third top-5 finish in the last four races.
Herrington, also hampered by the lengthy stop for tires, drove a patience and smart race that earned him the most improved driver of the race honours by working his way up nine positions to cross the finish line in ninth place for his eighth top-10 finish in nine starts this season.
Sebastien Saavedra, the pole sitter for the Grand Prix of Toronto, took his second victory of the season to jump from fourth to second in the Firestone Indy Lights championship chase. His teammate J.R. Hildebrand was second and James Hinchcliffe, a Toronto native, finished third. Hildebrand is the current Championship leader.
Vision Racing and James Davison are currently fifth in the Firestone Indy Lights championship point standings with 236 total points (83 points behind the leader). BHA and Daniel Herrington drop one spot seventh place with 218 points (101 points behind the leader). In nine 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 will be broadcast on Monday, July 13th, 2009 at 11 p.m. on VERSUS.
James Davison - No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I've never driven so hard in my life to get through the field and secure a top five so I have to be happy with my drive. A bit disappointed with the result considering we had the speed to win today, but people know we're quick and our time will come."
Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We were okay for the first few laps on rain tires but it was difficult to feel the grip level while I was still trying to be aggressive so I just stayed patient. We changed to slick tired and suffered a bit of a set back on the pit stop but otherwise I had pretty strong out laps. Once I got going the no.28 Le Bleu car was running as fast as the leaders were but unfortunately were weren't able to make up enough ground in the pit stop but we ran pretty well, passed a few ahead of me and ran fastest on the second to last lap. We'll just have to keep working on it."
Bryan Herta -Owner Bryan Herta Autosport
"I'm disappointed because it's a missed opportunity for us. Especially for James who was the fastest car in the race and we didn't give either guy the pit stop they need to try and challenge for a win. For Daniel, starting from the back already had the makings of a long day but he worked really hard to get himself into the top-10. We're disappointed that we weren't better prepared for the stop which made all the difference."