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March 28, 2013 News
F1600 Championship: Bryan Herta Autosport to Field Three Mygale/Honda Entries in 2013
 


Bryan Herta Autosport has announced it will field Mygale SJ Honda entries for Ayla Agren, Sam Chastain. and Adrian Starrantino in the 2013 F1600 Formula F Championship Series, with full support of Mygale North America in their quest to win the championship.

Driver of the No. 96 Mygale/Honda, 19 year-old Agren hails from Slemmestad, Norway. The 2012 season marked her first in open-wheel cars after a decade of karting in Europe. Agren relocated to St. Petersburg, Fla., to pursue her racing dream, where she took part in the Skip Barber Karting Shootout towards the end of 2011 and was rewarded with a scholarship towards the Skip Barber Summer Series. She showed no signs of being a rookie during her debut, as she took the podium four times in just seven race weekends.

"Driving for Bryan Herta Autosport is a really great step up for me, both on the driving side and the team side, since there are no teams at Skip Barber," said Agren. "I am certain that running with BHA will further improve my driving skills and my ability to work within a team environment."

Chastain, the 20-year-old grandson of former IndyCar team owner Tom Chastain, will be driving the No. 97 Mygale/Honda prepared by "On Track Sports" in a joint effort with BHA. Chastain has an extensive background in karting, and has completed Skip Barber schools in Sebring and Laguna Seca.

"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to race with On Track Sports and with my teammates Adrian and Ayla," stated Chastain. "I'm sure that they will help to shorten my learning curve, and we will push each other on the track."

The 18 year-old, California native Starrantino returns to BHA to drive the No. 98 Mygale/Honda, after filling in as a substitute driver at Watkins Glen during the 2012 season, finishing second. Starrantino made his karting debut at the age of 10. He raced in several series including the International Karting Federation, Rotax Challenge of the Americas, and Pro Kart Pro Tour. In 2011, Starrantino earned the second place scholarship in the Skip Barber Karting Shootout. He finished fourth overall in his first season in the Skip Barber Summer Series, earning four wins, 11 podiums, and being named runner-up for Rookie of the Year. In addition, he was chosen as a 2012 Team USA Scholarship candidate.

"I look forward to running with Bryan Herta Autosport this year in the Formula F1600 Championship," commented Starrantino. "The team has given me a great opportunity to go out there and earn great results while also improving my overall knowledge and experience."

"We have an impressive driver line up for this year's F1600 Championship Series battle," added Team owner Steve Newey. "Ayla, Sam, and Adrian have all proven that they have the talent to win races this season. We are also very excited about our other Mygale Honda teams competing in the championship. Rice Race Prep will be back this season with driver Steve Bamford, and we have high expectations for new F1600 team Wisko Race Engineering to be in contention every race with their drivers Aaron Telitz and Paul Alspach. All of the Mygale Honda teams will receive technical and spares support from Mygale North America."

The 2013 F1600 Championship Series season kicks off on April 13-14, at VIRginia International Raceway. The complete 2013 schedule consists of 12 races over six race weekends and can be found at http://www.f1600series.com
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