Herta, a Hart High graduate, is partnering with motorsports veteran Steve Newey to form the new team. Their driver will be Daniel Herrington, a 22-year old from North Carolina who made 13 starts in the Indy Lights series in the past two years.
“Steve Newey approached me with the concept of starting our own Indy Lights team back in December,” said Herta, who won two IndyCar Series races, at Kansas Speedway and Michigan International Speedway, in 58 starts from 2003-06. “In just six weeks we are almost ready to hit the road for our first test. 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 program.”Herta's team is expected to test in February at Firebird East in Arizona. The team is working on putting together a second car and driver.
“Daniel has shown great potential in the last couple seasons in sporadic outings,” Herta said. “We are happy to give him his first real home in Firestone Indy Lights with a full winter test program and a team that is 100 percent committed to giving him the tools to succeed.”
Herta's team has formed a technical alliance with Vision Racing of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. Herta is also a road course consultant for Vision Racing and will continue in that role in 2009.