Bryan Herta will
run his own team in the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights series, confirming speculation that he was to move into ownership after a successful career behind the wheel.
Bryan Herta Autosport was born in the space of six weeks, after respected engineer Steve Newey - who formerly oversaw Herta's car in the ALMS - approached the former Champ Car racewinner with the suggestion of forming a team to run in the burgeoning Firestone Indy Lights series.
"Bryan and I talked about it and we thought that based on some of the contacts we had we could put a programme together - and it just managed to snowball," Newey revealed to the official IndyCar Series website.
"The Firestone Indy Lights series is definitely the place to be if you're looking at an IndyCar career as a driver. From that standpoint, it's the place to be to develop new talent."
The team will hit the track for the first time at the Homestead-Miami open test next month, with Herta confirming that occasional Lights series runner Daniel Herrington would be BHA's first signing.
"It's taken on a life of its own," Herta admitted of the team's rapid gestation, "In about six weeks' time, we've gone from talking about starting an Indy Lights team to having signed a driver and getting ready to go testing.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to take on a new challenge in open-wheel racing as a team owner, and am confident that we have assembled a formidable programme."
Herrington has made 13 Lights starts with three teams over the past two seasons, having previously competed in Formula Mazda, FBMW USA Series and won the 2004 Skip Barber Regional championship title.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity," he admitted, "The past couple years, I've been working towards a full season of racing in Indy Lights, but I either didn't have full sponsorship support or I didn't have the right opportunity come my way.