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Herrington qualifies 11th for Race 1 at St. Pete

Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Daniel Herrington, St. Pete 100

Herrington qualifies 11th for Race 1 at St. Pete

Andrew Herta
Bryan Herta Autosport
April 3, 2009

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 11thposition 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.

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

Qualifying Position: 11th

Qualifying Time: 1:08.5370

Qualifying Speed: 94.547 mph

Top Time in Practice: 1:18.8330

Top Speed in Practice: 82.199 mph

Overall Rank in Practice: 7th on speed chart

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.”

Firestone Indy Lights action resumes tomorrow for race No. 2 qualifying at 9:55 a.m. (ET) The 40 lap race No. 1 will start at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow.

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