Daniel Herrington ran as high as second, but ended up in ninth place in the Firestone Indy Lights race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night.
The driver for Bryan Herta Autosport qualified a season-best fourth and was challenging for the lead when he made contact with Mike Potekhen on lap 93 of the 115-lap race. Herrington’s car suffered damage to the front wing and Herrington had to drop back in the field.
"Wade (Cunningham) and I came up on a lapped car and Wade went by him on the inside,” said Herrington. “It looked like he left me room and I started going by him on the inside but for whatever reason we had contact. I was trying my hardest to give him enough room. I was trying to be cautious since we were sitting there in second place and I didn’t want to blow our position but we still managed to make contact (front wing damage). From then on I was just trying to hold on.”
Ana Beartriz, a driver for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, won the race. She led the final nine laps and won the first race of her career. Cunningham was second, followed by James Hinchcliffe.
With his ninth-place finish, Herrington moved up to sixth place in the Indy Lights standings.
“I’ve never been so happy and disappointed to finish ninth,” Herrington said. “It’ll pull the heart right out of your chest to be running second and have contact with a lapped car. It’s disappointing but then it’s also a positive to be running up there with the leader and be running strong especially when we haven’t gotten the opportunity to show what we can really do this year to date. As tough as it was to end the race that way, it’s also reassuring that we’ve made some gains with the car and seem to be there speed wise. We sure would like to go out there and show that we have the potential to win a few of these. For the whole season we have been kind of chasing the AGR and Schmidt guys, so to be up there running and racing with them and being competitive is really reassuring. I’m looking forward to the next one.”