Bryan Herta Autosport will carry backing from Le Bleu water for its first foray into the Firestone Indy Lights series, having named the company as primary sponsor for the #28 car of Daniel Herrington.
The 22-year old American debuted the newly-liveried blue-and-white machine during the one-day road course test at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday, where Vision Racing-assisted BHA prepared for its first appearance in the Lights championship at the St Petersburg Grand Prix double-header over 4-5 April.
"We are very proud to have Le Bleu join us as primary sponsor for Daniel and the #28 car for the full 2009 season," team owner Bryan Herta commented, "The car looks fantastic in Le Bleu's corporate colours, and we can't wait to make our public debut at St Pete in two weeks. We will be hosting almost 70 guests from Le Bleu at the race, and look forward to kicking off this partnership in style with some great results - on the track and off.
"The St Pete Grand Prix is always a first class event, and it has added importance this year as it is the first race of the season and our first opportunity to see how all the hard work from the crew the last few weeks has paid off. Daniel will be gunning for Rookie of the Year honours, but I'm optimistic that we can set our sights a bit higher and become a dark horse for the championship. Certainly, between Daniel and Vision's James Davison, we have a very potent one-two punch. We can't wait to get started."
Despite battling the flu, Herrington finished the test day fourth quickest overall, with a time of 1min 16.1771secs putting him in the midst of some early-season pacesetters.
"It was definitely encouraging to find ourselves among the leaders at the test, especially since I know how much better it could have been if I had been at 100 per cent," the rookie said, "We have two more tests before the races at St Petersburg, and we plan to make good use of those opportunities in order to be very well prepared to make Le Bleu proud of our efforts and putting ourselves in a position to compete for a win in each race. Their support makes all this possible."