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Bryan Herta Autosport’s Race Ends Early with Crash at Kentucky

Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Daniel Herrington, Stefan Wilson, Drive Smart Buckle-Up Kentucky 100

Bryan Herta Autosport’s Race Ends Early with Crash at Kentucky

Andrew Herta
Bryan Herta Autosport
September 4, 2010

An incident in the opening stages of the Drive Smart. Buckle-Up Kentucky 100 Firestone Indy Lights race ended the day early for both Bryan Herta Autosport entries at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway oval this afternoon. Philip Major spun on his own on Lap 2 of the 67-lap event, unfortunately collecting BHA drivers Stefan Wilson and Daniel Herrington. All three drivers were checked at the infield medical center and released.

Herrington was making his first Indy Lights start since Homestead of last year, returning to BHA to take over driving duties of the #29 William Rast machine from Sebastian Saavedra. Wilson, making his fourth career oval start, suffered the hardest impact of the two team cars. He was credited with a 14th-place result and Herrington a 12th-place finish. The race was won by Pippa Mann who brought home her first Indy Lights victory.

Bryan Herta Autosport will regroup and head to the series season finale on October 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.

Race Results:
1. Pippa Mann
2. James Hinchcliffe
3. J.K. Vernay
12. Daniel Herrington
14. Stefan Wilson

Stefan Wilson, #28 Dallara/Firestone: “Coming out of [Turn] Four, there was a car that had already spun up ahead. I tried to avoid it but I had the #29 car on the high side of me and I just had nowhere to go. I tried to go low and just clipped the front end [of Major’s car] and that was the end of my race. We knew the race was going to be difficult from my end; it is still only my fourth oval so we are trying to keep learning and run every lap on the ovals to get as much experience for next year as possible. Unfortunately, today was a big blow.”

Daniel Herrington, #29 William Rast Dallara/Firestone: “We got off to a conservative start and wanted to get a few laps under our belt before I started moving forward. Unfortunately, when you start at the back, everything that happens is in front of you. Philip Major spun in front of us and we didn’t have anywhere to go around him. Both teammates were taken out because of it. It was a really tough day. I was happy that Bryan [Herta] gave me a shot to get back in the car and I’m sorry to let him down like that. The car felt really comfortable from the start and I had already made up a couple of places. I was confident we were going to have a great result.”

Bryan Herta, Team Co-Owner: “It was a tough day for Bryan Herta Autosport but we are thankful that all of the drivers involved in the incident are okay. We’ll regroup and move on from here.”

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