Watkins Glen: Vision Racing/BHA race notes

VISION RACING & BHA FINISH ON PODIUM AT WATKINS GLEN WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 4, 2009)- Technical partners, Vision Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport and their drivers James Davison and Felipe Guimaraes took the second and third spots, ...


WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 4, 2009)- Technical partners, Vision Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport and their drivers James Davison and Felipe Guimaraes took the second and third spots, respectively, in the Corning 100 at Watkins Glen International. It was the first podium finishes for each team after Davison gave Vision Racing their first-ever pole position and Guimaraes made his series debut. Fellow BHA driver, Daniel Herrington finished the race in the seventh position.

Driving the No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Firestone machine, Davison gave the Vision Racing organization its first-ever pole position and started from the top spot for Saturday's 30-lap affair on the 3.4 mile road course in the Fingerlakes region of the state of New York.

After leading the first 12 laps, competitor J.R. Hildebrand made a run on Davison and got around him for the lead. From there, Davison continued to drive a strong race and finished in the second position; matching Vision Racing's highest Firestone Indy Lights finish also scored by Nick Bussell at Pikes Peak International in 2005.

As a result of the pole position and second place finish; not to mention an additional top-five and five top-ten finishes, Davison moves up two spots in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship point standings into the fifth position with 206 total points (73 points behind the leader).

Making his debut in Indy Lights competition in a one-race second entry for Bryan Herta Autosport, Felipe Guimaraes qualified the No. 29 BHA machine in the sixth spot. Guimaraes took advantage of each restart and other mishaps in the race to steadily move up in the race and eventually make his way to the podium in what was an impressive introduction.

The 18 year-old Brazilian, Guimar?es, put on an impressive show on the last lap when the race restarted for the final time as he got around Sebastian Saveedra in turn one to capture the third position.? Guimar?es is perhaps most well known for his role as an A1 Team Brazil race driver, competing in the A1 Grand Prix series. In that series he became youngest driver to score a podium finish when he finished second at Kyalami in South Africa.

Qualifying the No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA machine in the seventh spot, Herrington ran as high as sixth in the race and took the seventh spot to earn his seventh top-ten finish in eight races this season. In Herrington's five starts at Watkins Glen over three seasons, he has earned one pole, one podium (third) and three additional top-ten finishes (sixth, seventh, and eighth).

Unfortunately, Herrington slipped one spot in the championship point standings to seventh with 194 total points (85 points behind the leader).

Television coverage of the Corning 100 at Watkins Glen can be seen on Monday, July 6th at 11 p.m. ET on VERSUS.

Firestone Indy Lights action resumes Saturday, July 11th on the streets of Toronto for the Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto. Television coverage of the Canadian street race begins at 11 p.m. (ET), Monday, July 13th on VERSUS.

Race Results and Quotes: (July 4, 2009)

James Davison - No. 21 People's Liberation/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race: "Congratulations to J.R. (Hildebrand). He was just too quick. They must have been trimmed out just a little more than us because I was just a sitting duck there. I didn't get a bad run or anything out of the first turn. That's just the way it goes. I had a good last restart and was right behind him out of Turn 1, but still he pulled away when I was a couple of meters behind.? He just had good straight line speed. We got some very good points from this result and we'll build on this. Second place is good result for the team."

Lauren George - Team Co-Owner, Vision Racing

On podium finish: "Finally the hard work and good tests is starting to pay off with some really strong results for Vision Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport. It's good to have our guys on the podium and we'll keep working on trying to get that People's Liberation car into Victory Circle in our rookie season."

Felipe Guimaraes - No. 29 BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race: "It's my first Firestone Indy Lights race, my first race in this car and my first race here at Watkins so it was a very good result. The Bryan Herta Autosport team gave me a good car and our morning practice set us up very well for the race. I think my car was good but not quite as strong at Saavedra's, but I was able to overtake him (Saavedra) on the last lap when he made a small mistake. Like all drivers, I would have loved to be on a higher step on the podium but I'm very happy with my first race."

Daniel Herrington - No. 28 Le Bleu/BHA Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race: "We had our fair share of difficulties this weekend with the brakes issue in qualifying and missing on the set up a bit for the race. I thought we had a good car in the warm up but we ended up not being as strong as we though. We still got some good points and we finished when a few didn't that were ahead of us in the points. We're looking forward to making it up in Toronto next weekend."

Bryan Herta - Owner, Bryan Herta Autosport

On team's first podium finish: "It's a great day. I've done this long enough to understand that this is what we need to do. We need to run in the Top-5. If we keep putting cars in the Top-5, the wins will come. James (Davison) did a great job today and Felipe obviously did a great job in his first race finish with a podium. Daniel had a bit more of a struggle, but still we got all three cars home in the top-7. We scored points on a lot of guys in front of us in the standings so I am really pleased. This is our best day yet and we still have seven more races to go.

About the Corning 100: The 30 lap/98.6 mile race at Watkins Glen will run Saturday, July 4th. Television coverage will air on VERSUS, Monday, July 6th at 11 p.m. (ET).

-credit: -VR- / -BHA-

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Bryan Herta , Nick Bussell , James Davison , Daniel Herrington , J.R. Hildebrand , Felipe Guimaraes
Teams Bryan Herta Autosport