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Angie’s List GP of Indianapolis Pre-Race Notes & Quotes

INDIANAPOLIS –The second Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis kicks off the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday May 9th (3:30pm ET, ABC). The 2.434-mile, 14-turn road course incorporates portions of Turns 1 and 2 and the frontstraight of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and the remainder of the circuit is within the infield, allowing for great spectator viewing.

Last year, weather played a role in qualifying. This year, the forecast calls for an 80% chance of rain on race day. Like the postal service, the BHA team will be prepared to deliver no matter what Mother Nature throws at us…

Gabby Chaves Quote on Angie’s List GP of Indy:
“I”m really excited about this race for so many reasons. First, to have Angie’s List be the title sponsor for the event and our primary sponsor this weekend makes it real special.”
“Secondly, it’s always awesome to be racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With the reconfiguration and repaving of the IMS road-course, it’s a very fast and racy track. We’re nearly 200mph on at the end of the straight before braking which gives us great opportunities to pass.”

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About Bryan Herta Autosport:
Co-Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second Verizon IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series and in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series as Bryan Herta Rallysport. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen Motorsports of Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.

Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian 2015 Honda Indy GP of Alabama Post-Race Notes & Quotes

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama proved to be the best IndyCar race of the year to date. Threatening weather on Saturday held off for both practice sessions and qualifying, and Sunday was a perfect sunny and 80 degrees.

Barber Motorsports Park is one of the most beautiful but also most difficult tracks on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The BHA team worked hard all weekend to improve on setup, and finished Saturday in 16th qualifying position.

Tire preservation, especially in the rear, proved to be a key to success in Sunday’s 90 lap race. Gabby Chaves and the BHA team started on the primary “black” tire, but opted to pit early for the softer/faster “reds”. A yellow three laps later allowed the #98 to gain a number of positions as others pitted.

Running in the top ten, Chaves made his second pit stop for another set of “reds”; however, the grip of this set did not match that of the earlier set and this cost the #98 car a great deal of time on the third stint of the race. Following the last yellow of the race from laps 34-38, the race stayed green through the finish. “Sticker” (new) red tires for the last stint of the race did not allow Chaves to improve his position resulting in a 16th place finish.

Gabby Chaves on Honda Indy GP of Alabama:
“We ended up with the right strategy to take us to a possible top 8 finish. One of our stints on the red tires, we just couldn’t hang on to the handling. About 4 or 5 laps in, and it just took us off the pace. I’m very happy we again showed our strength in race trim and had strong stops by the BHA guys.”

Bryan Herta on Honda Indy GP of Alabama:
“We had a good clean race, and with a little luck could have been in the top ten easily. Everyone was very evenly matched in race trim; as usual the #98 car was strong in race conditions. Gabby and the Bowers & Wilkins crew all did a good job today. Gabby is getting better every race, it’s a huge learning curve moving into these cars, and he had his best race to date today. I’m looking forward to both races at Indy next month.”

About Bryan Herta Autosport:
Co-Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second Verizon IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series and in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series as Bryan Herta Rallysport. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen Motorsports of Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.

 

 

2015 Honda Indy GP of Alabama Pre-Race Notes & Quotes

Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian

From the California coast in Long Beach to Birmingham, Alabama (via a quick stop in Indy), the #98 BHA team covered some miles this week. The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is the third race in as many weeks for the Verizon IndyCar Series and the last before heading to Indianapolis for the month of May.

The Barber Motorsports Park features a 2.3 mile 17-turn natural-terrain road course with a wide variety of corners and massive elevation changes. Barber is a challenging track for drivers and engineers. The track is narrow, passing is difficult, and this weekend’s weather calls for rain and storms on Saturday.

In addition to the incredible views around the track, Barber has a motorsports museum that is a must visit for every race fan. There are also a variety of sculptures and art all around the 300+ acre facility making it one of the most attractive sports parks in America…

Gabby Chaves on Honda Indy GP of Alabama:
“Our first test with the new aero-kit was in March at Barber, and we’ve learned so much about the car since then. It is a very challenging track, and with passing at a premium we must focus on qualifying better. I just hope the weather cooperates.”

Bryan Herta on Honda Indy GP of Alabama:
“Barber Motorsports Park is such a unique and challenging circuit. Qualifying is critically important at this track, so that will be our focus during practice. Looks likely to be a wet Saturday and then dry Sunday, so that should add a little extra drama too. The goal for us is to execute a good qualifying session and then run a clean race, if we accomplish that, we should achieve our best results of the season easily. Gabby and the team are looking forward to getting back on track.”

About Bryan Herta Autosport:
Co-Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second Verizon IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series and in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series as Bryan Herta Rallysport. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen Motorsports of Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.

Bryan Herta Autosport Long Beach GP Post-Race Notes & Quotes

Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian
2015 Grand Prix of Long Beach Post-Race Notes & Quotes

For the second straight race, 17th. Chaves was very close to transferring into the top twelve; however, a yellow on his last flying lap cost him the momentum needed to finish in the top six of qualifying group one.

Early in the race, Chaves was battling with the #41 car and made slight contact resulting in a broken left-front wing. However, the pit stop and wing change didn’t cost the #98 team more than one or two positions in the final tally. Chaves brought the Bowers & Wilkins and Castrol EDGE machine home in 16th position.

Gabby Chaves:
“We’re almost always stronger than the cars immediately in front of us; however, the race pace was dictated by the people in front of us because passing was so difficult. We have to focus more on qualifying and start up front where we’re capable of running race pace wise. Better days are coming for sure!”

Bryan Herta:
“Qualifying didn’t go our way because of a late yellow on our last flying lap. We made a few changes for the warm-up and were the third quickest which was very encouraging. But as Gabby said, we have to work on qualifying better. We have the race pace, but track position is so important because passing is so difficult.”

Bryan Herta Autosport Indy GP of Louisiana Pre-Race Notes & Quotes

Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian
2015 Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana
Pre-Race Notes & Quotes

This weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series will make their race debut in the bayou state at the NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA. It is round two of the series and the first natural-terrain road course on the schedule. Being early April, the weather could play a major factor in the outcome of the race.

The track at NOLA Motorsports Park is a 2.75 mile 16-turn layout. It features a monster 5,200′ straightaway that will test vehicle’s drafting, aerodynamic drag, and the driver’s timing when using the push-to-pass feature during the race.

BHA had an awesome test at NOLA the week before the St. Petersburg race. Engineer John Dick and Gabby found an excellent balance with the car and new Honda aero kit, and the team left “unofficially” as the fastest car. NOLA is the first of three race weekends in a row, and it’s important for Gabby and the BHA team to take advantage of the new circuit where everyone is equal to score a strong finish…

Gabby Chaves: “Our test went well at NOLA and that should help us start out the weekend more competitively. Additionally, what we learned in the first race will be especially helpful for race strategy.”
“I think that NOLA being a new track on the schedule will be a good thing for us since other drivers don’t have years of experience around here and that levels the playing field a little. We learned in St Pete about tire management which may play a big role at NOLA too and allow for some close racing with plenty of opportunities to overtake.”

Bryan Herta: “We are looking forward to the inaugural race at NOLA. Gabby and the team were very happy with the test days they had at the circuit, and of course the festive atmosphere of New Orleans should be the perfect backdrop for the race. Focus for this weekend will be on qualifying well and building upon Gabby’s first event in St Pete.”

BHA GP of St. Pete Post-Race Notes & Quotes

Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian
2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Post-Race Notes & Quotes

The BHA team felt they were on course for a great race after making a number of post-qualifying setup changes and finishing the morning warmup with the 9th fastest time. The first half of the race was going well as Gabby Chaves moved up to battle for a position in the top ten.
However, contact with another car damaged the left front wing and Indycar ruled the incident as “avoidable contact”. The #98 team was forced to serve a drive-through penalty resulting in falling off the leader lap.
A later yellow and the “wave around” allowed Chaves to get back on the lead lap. The #98 team pitted as early as possible for the final stop to get back on the black primary tire. Chaves’s final stint involved a lot of fueling saving and patient driving. However, through attrition the rookie moved up to a 17th finishing position in his first ever Verizon IndyCar Series event.

Gabby Chaves: “I learned so much today. I learned tire management and the differences in the red to black tires. I learned about fuel saving, driving to a number, and trying to not loose position.”
“The incident with the 5 car: I saw an opening, but it closed up. I tried hard to avoid it, even getting down in the grass, but just couldn’t avoid it.”
“All in all, it was a good weekend. We learned a lot as a team, I learned a lot, and we showed what we can run strong at this level. I’m really looking forward to NOLA and the rest of the season.”

Bryan Herta: “Gabby did a terrific job today to finish his first Verizon IndyCar Series race. We worked through a difficult weekend to find a setup, the team gave him a great car for the race, and Gabby was moving forward quickly before contact with the 5 car set him back. Overall, while we always want to strive for top results, today Gabby learned a great deal and showed that he deserves to be here and we look forward to the season ahead.”

Castrol EDGE Returns as Associate Sponsor of Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian for 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Season

Castrol® EDGE® Returns as Associate Sponsor of  Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian for 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Season
Indianapolis, IN  – Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) is pleased to confirm the extension of its associate partnership with Castrol EDGE for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The Castrol EDGE brand will be prominently displayed on the #98 Bowers & Wilkins/Curb Dallara-Honda, which will be driven by Gabby Chaves, 2014 IndyLights champion. Chaves will be a leading contender for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.

“We are very pleased to continue our association with the Castrol EDGE brand, which includes promotion of Castrol EDGE to customers in our great new car dealer network” says BHA owner Bryan Herta “IndyCar racing and BHA are all about gaining a performance edge, and Castrol EDGE can do the same for IndyCar’s many fans in the cars they drive every day. With Castrol’s support, 2015 is shaping up to be our best yet. We’re working closely with Castrol engineers to develop products that we can use in our IndyCar that outperform anything we can find.”

According to Dan Hanson, Castrol’s OEM workshops director “Castrol EDGE is our most advanced motor oil, providing superior motor oil strength for engines that work harder due to higher engine pressures, helping vehicles to maximize performance. Our partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport gives us a tremendous platform to showcase that performance and to connect with IndyCar fans.”

About Bryan Herta Autosport:
Co-Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second Verizon IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series and in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series as Bryan Herta Rallysport. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen Motorsports of Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.

About Castrol:
Castrol, one of the world’s leading lubricant brands, has a proud heritage of innovation and fueling the dreams of pioneers. Their passion for performance, combined with a philosophy of working in partnership with manufacturers, has enabled Castrol to develop oils that have been at the heart of numerous technological feats on land, air, sea and space for over 100 years. Today, the company’s vast portfolio of high performance lubricants, including Castrol EDGE, Castrol MAGNATEC®, Castrol GTX® and Castrol Power1®, are available in almost 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.castrol.com/us

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Bowers & Wilkins becomes Primary Sponsor of Bryan Herta Autosport 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Entry

Bowers & Wilkins becomes Primary Sponsor of Bryan Herta Autosport 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Entry
Indianapolis, IN  – Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) in partnership with Bowen Motorsports are proud to announce Bowers & Wilkins has expanded their role with the team to become primary sponsor for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series. Bowers & Wilkins has been an associate partner of BHA since 2012 and was the team’s primary partner for the 2014 Honda Indy Toronto event.

Gabby Chaves, 2014 Indy Lights Champion, was announced last month as the driver for the #98 Bowers & Wilkins Dallara-Honda. Chaves will be a leading contender for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The livery of the car will be revealed at Indycar’s upcoming Spring Training at Barber Motorsports Park on March 1617.

Bowers & Wilkins products are used as the standard inthe most demanding recording studios around the world as well as in the homes of discerning sound enthusiasts everywhere. Additionally, Bowers & Wilkins offer a line of headphones and wireless music systems. Technology has always been at the forefront of Bowers & Wilkins business, and it’s that correlation that attracts them to the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Quotes from David Bowen: “We are very proud to represent the Bowers & Wilkins brand and are excited to extend our relationship into the primary position. Bowers & Wilkins are a global brand with many attributes that resonate with our team and the Verizon IndyCar Series such as teamwork, precision, performance, innovation, and technology.”

Quotes from Joe Atkins, Chairman & CEO of Bowers & Wilkins: “Bowers & Wilkins is thrilled to be again involved with Bryan and David in support of the BHA #98 entry for the upcoming IndyCar season. IndyCar provides a great opportunity for us to engage our national dealer network and expose the brand to our target demographic.”

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