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IL: BHA moves into own shop

Important step for Bryan Herta Autosport as team moves to its own base.
Bryan Herta Autosport owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey are moving their Firestone Indy Lights programme to new headquarters for the 2010 racing season.

BHA, a technical partner and tenant of Vision Racing in its debut season, will occupy a race shop on the northwest side of Indianapolis that formerly housed Fernandez Racing.

"I am thrilled that we have this opportunity to grow our team," said Herta, who will confirm BHA's full programme in January. "We are definitely a year ahead of the plan that Steve and I had originally set for ourselves.

"This is an important step for our team as we continue to build our infrastructure. I have to thank Tony, Laura and Lauren George in addition to everyone at Vision Racing for all of their support this season. It was a great partnership and we never could have started BHA without their support."

BHA enjoyed a successful first season in Firestone Indy Lights competition with American Daniel Herrington securing the team's inaugural win at Chicago and a seventh-place ranking in the championship standings aboard the #28 LeBleu/BHA Dallara in his rookie campaign.

Rising Brazilian driver Felipe Guimaraes added to the accomplishments with two podium finishes in just three starts to bring BHA's tally to five top-five and 15 top-10 results. James Davison, driving for technical partner Vision Racing, added a victory at Mid-Ohio, two poles and a second-place finish in the championship standings.

"Moving to our own facility is the next logical step in building the foundation for our expansion plans," Newey added. "We are looking forward to the 2010 season as we have a very competitive programme in place. In addition to competing in Firestone Indy Lights, we are pursuing the opportunity to enter a car in the Indianapolis 500."

Meanwhile Firestone Indy Lights driver Gustavo Yacaman was one of the more than 10,000 participants in a road race in Colombia.

The 18-year-old driver ran in the the Carrera del Río Cali (Cali River Race), a 10-kilometre race that takes place each December in Yacaman's hometown of Santiago de Cali, Colombia. It is one of the biggest races in Colombia.

"The idea was not to go for the win or to go for a good result," said Yacaman, who completed the course in a little more than an hour and used the race as part of his pre-season training programme. "I ran so the people of my city had a chance to interact with me."

Yacaman, who has tested with several teams and is planning to return to race in Firestone Indy Lights in 2010, was recognised on the podium following the event and given a badge by the race organisers.

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