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Herta, Herrington happy with top five on Lights debut.


On their first weekend, and second Firestone Indy Lights race, together, Bryan Herta Autosport and Daniel Herrington produced a top five finish when many around them were losing their heads on the streets of St Petersburg.

Just as on their first appearance since BHA was formed to contest this year's series, Herrington made up ground over is grid position, rising from eleventh spot to finish fifth, although the race was not without its problems.

The #28 Le Bleu Dallara sustained slight contact in the race, which initially shuffled him back from eleventh to 13th but, from there, Herrington ran a strong, aggressive and smart race to advance the eight places to his eventual fifth. Backing up a seventh-place finish from the day before, Herrington now sits fourth in the championship standings, with 56 points, before Lights action resumes in two weeks' time on the streets of Long Beach.

"Race two went pretty well," Herrington admitted, "We obviously took advantage of some incidents out there, but also made one or two passes. We made some changes overnight that really helped the car, and it was much faster than it showed. It's really hard to get around this place with other cars, but we took advantage where we could and ended up fifth, which was great.

"We got a pretty solid result out of it in the end, but it's too bad we couldn't have started further up, because I think we could have run in the top three speed-wise. After [Saturday's qualifying], we weren't so optimistic, just because things weren't quite going our way and we didn't seem to have the speed, but the changes definitely went in the right direction, and that's positive for us heading into the next race at Long Beach."

Team owner Herta was also delighted with the race two result, especially after not qualifying as high as he would have hoped.

"I'm really pleased," he admitted, "Our mistake was not getting Daniel or [Vision Racing stable-mate] James [Davison] a good enough car in qualifying. We are still learning about street course set-up and so, in Daniel's case, we stuck him back in eleventh in qualifying and that is always going to be a lot of work on these tight street courses.

"But he was patient and smart today and that paid off, as he brought home a top five finish. That's our goal because I told him that, if he wants to win a championship, then all he has to do is keep bring home top fives - win when you can, but keep bringing home top-fives - and he did that for us today."


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