The Molson Indy Toronto, Ontario Canada Sunday, July 15, 2001 Running in the top five and fighting for the podium, Bryan Herta suffered an electrical failure at the Toronto Molson Indy, forcing and early retirement on lap 67. After a...
The Molson Indy
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Sunday, July 15, 2001
Running in the top five and fighting for the podium, Bryan Herta suffered an electrical failure at the Toronto Molson Indy, forcing and early retirement on lap 67. After a disappointing qualifying session on Saturday, Herta remarked "there is much, much more in the car" and he proved that in warm-up, registering the second fastest time of the session.
Herta managed a clean start, despite the early race melee around him; he picked up one position on the second lap, benefiting from the incident between Scott Dixon and Michael Andretti. By lap 19, Herta was the fastest car on the track and in ninth position. Taking advantage of a yellow flag, the Forsythe Championship Racing Team went to work on Herta's car on lap 33, changing all four tires and a full load of fuel in just over 11 seconds. Herta returned to the track with a full tank of fuel, fresh tires and ready for battle in 10th position. The experienced American was running sixth by lap 56 after a four-lap battle with eventual race winner Michael Andretti. Herta took advantage of Kenny Brack's misfortune and moved into fifth position on the 62nd lap. With his final pit stop just a few laps away Herta was one of the fastest cars in the field when he unexpectedly radioed to his crew "I am loosing power" on lap 65. Herta was forced to retire the #77 Forsythe Indeck/Ford-Cosworth on the 67th lap, due to an electrical failure.
The Forsythe Championship Racing Team will turn their focus to the ovals, as they prepare for this weekend's Michigan 500 at Michigan International Speedway. <pre> Bryan Herta #77 Forsythe Indeck/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard
Warm Up: 2nd 59.942 - 169.623 mph Qualified: 15th 58.372 - 108.237 mph Race Result: 18th Reason Out: Electrical Top Race Position: 5th
Herta on the Race:
"I had a really good car, we had a disappointing qualifying session yesterday, but we were back in second this morning in warm up. We had a decent start and then I thought maybe I had some left front wing damage after the contact between Dixon and Vasser. The car pulled a little bit after that, especially down the straights, but it wasn't bad enough to come in and lose positions over. We continued to run really strong and I was up to fifth when I started to lose power. It was a huge disappointment to have to park it, but the good news is we are consistently running strong and this is the second straight weekend we were fighting for the podium. The Indeck team is doing a great job and we had a good car all weekend. When you consistently run up front, things start to fall into place and I think we are getting to that point."