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Herta to launch Lights team?

Former Champ Car race winner and IndyCar favourite Bryan Herta appears poised to rejoin the IRL fraternity, following rumours that he is planning to launch an Indy Lights team.

Herta, who ended his IndyCar career as part of the four-car Andretti Green Racing team, and then saw out his days behind the wheel in the same outfit's American Le Mans Series Acura LMP2 machine, has reportedly bought up the assets of the dormant Playa Del Racing operation, with a view to running in the Firestone Indy Lights series this season.

Indianapolis Star columnist Curt Cavin revealed the deal, claiming that Herta had snapped up Playa Del's Lights package, but had the equipment delivered to Vision Racing headquarters at Indianapolis, suggesting that there may be some form of tie-up between the two parties. Herta notably acted as road course driving coach to Vision regulars Ed Carpenter and AJ Foyt IV in 2008, and this could be Tony George's way of repaying the favour.

According to the speculation, Herta - who is expected to name the team eponymously - has not yet put any drivers in the frame for the programme, but could reveal candidates shortly, especially with the limited amount of pre-season testing due to start imminently.


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