Testing began for the Firestone Indy Lights drivers this week at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
It wasn’t that stellar of a debut for the newly formed Bryan Herta Autosport team. Herta, a Valencia resident and Hart High graduate, has a one-car team and is making his first venture into race car ownership. Herta spent his racing career in the IndyCar Series, American Le Mans Series, Champ Car and the CART Series. He is also an Indy Lights champion.
Daniel Herrington, the driver for the team, was responsible for the only crash of the day on Tuesday. He crashed in Turn 2 and damaged the rear of his car. It was not seriously damaged, but it ended the day of testing for the new team.
“We had made two pretty big changes to the car and went out hoping it would be better,” Herrington said. “I think we got caught out by the wind. It had picked up quite a bit since we made the changes. In retrospect, maybe we could have been more conservative and not made such a big change, but we got away with not too much problem.”
There were 20 Indy Lights cars at the test session this week. The Indy Lights season opens April 5 with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida.