HERTA QUALIFIES THE SHELL CAR FOR A FRONT ROW HOUSTON START PAPIS PILOTS MILLER LITE FORD-COSWORTH/REYNARD TO FIFTH HOUSTON, TEXAS . . . Shell Champ Car driver Bryan Herta captured his third front row start in the last five CART FedEx ...
HERTA QUALIFIES THE SHELL CAR FOR A FRONT ROW HOUSTON START PAPIS PILOTS MILLER LITE FORD-COSWORTH/REYNARD TO FIFTH
HOUSTON, TEXAS . . . Shell Champ Car driver Bryan Herta captured his third front row start in the last five CART FedEx Championship Series events with a lap of 59.106 seconds/93.037 miles per hour for Sunday's Texaco Grand Prix of Houston. Herta, a seven time pole winner in CART, makes his second consecutive front row start as a follow-up to his dominating victory performance at Laguna Seca Raceway two weeks ago.
"It was a funky session this afternoon," said Herta. "Every time I started to run a fast lap something happened on the track which robbed me of a clear lap. Even when I turned my fastest lap late in the session it wasn't a clear lap. At one point I was really frustrated and I started yelling across the radio just to relieve some tension. I am actually quite lucky because I was able to finally get a lap late in the session. I could very easily be looking at starting seventh or eighth tomorrow."
Herta started on the outside of row three at Houston in 1998 and finished eighth. By qualifying second Herta posted his tenth top-ten start of the 1999 season. The front row start is Herta's third in the last five races dating back to The Miller Lite 200 at Mid-Ohio in August. Herta's other front row start came when he captured the pole position in the Shell 300 at the Grand Prix of Monterey.
Herta's teammate Max Papis driving the Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Reynard qualified fifth and will start on the inside of row three. Papis posted a fast lap of 59.172 seconds/92.871 miles per hour for his fifth top-ten start in the last six races. Papis captured his first CART pole at Chicago in late August. His top start on a road course this season was third at Laguna Seca Raceway two weeks ago.
The Texaco Grand Prix of Houston will be run on the streets of Houston on Sunday at 4:00 PM EDT and will be broadcast live on ABC.