For the first time since the team's inaugural season in 2005, Vision Racing will field a full-time entry in the principal IndyCar Series feeder category.
Rebranded Firestone Indy Lights since its last appeared, Vision will run second year driver, and rookie race winner, James Davison in a singleton entry as Tony George's team takes advantage of its already confirmed technical partnership with the new Bryan Herta Autosport operation. BHA will run rookie Daniel Herrington in a similar single-car set-up, with both teams operating out of Vision Racing's 32,000 square foot facility in Indianapolis.
"The challenge of the 2009 season has created some new opportunities at Vision Racing," George explained, "While we continue to purse a second entry for our IndyCar Series programme, we are planning to take full advantage of our relationship with Bryan Herta and BHA.
"I have always been a proponent of supporting the development of the Firestone Indy Lights and, in particular, young drivers. Bryan and I share a desire to establish his programme on a firm footing and Vision working with BHA will help accelerate the results we are all looking to achieve.
"I watch with interest most every Firestone Indy Lights race and think that the combination of James and Daniel, working together with the teams that are being assembled, should prove formidable. I look forward to sharing more detail around our plans as they develop."
Davison will pilot the team's #21 Dallara as Vision looks to improve on the second place achieved by Nick Bussell in its debut season. The Australian is coming off a rookie season that produced one win, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, one pole, at Nashville Superspeedway, and a second place finish, at Kentucky Speedway, in 15 starts with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
"I am very excited to join Vision Racing," the 22-year old said, "Although some good results were secured in my rookie season, I was disappointed last year as I felt there were too many that got away while running up front.
"It was apparent last season that the teams aligned with IndyCar operations showed significant benefits, especially with regards to car speed. The series really went to another level, so I feel very fortunate to be working with Lee Dykstra and Bryan Herta."
Davison will take his first laps with Vision at this week's Homestead test, joining the action a day after Herrington gets to grips with the BHA machine in a rookie-only session.
"Bryan Herta Autosport welcomes the news of Vision Racing's Indy Lights entry," Herta said, "This move will further strengthen the relationship between Vision and BHA as it will provide both entries with all the competitive benefits associated with a two-car operation. James Davison has already spent some time with us at our shakedown test two weeks ago at Firebird, so I know he will be a great compliment to Daniel Herrington and the groundwork we have already laid for our Indy Lights assault."