JOLIET, Ill. (September 5, 2003) -- Bryan Herta placed the ...
JOLIET, Ill. (September 5, 2003) -- Bryan Herta placed the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone fourth in today's practice at Chicagoland Speedway in preparation for Sunday's Delphi Indy 300. Herta lapped the 1.5-mile oval at 222.805 miles per hour.
Under sunny skies, the Archipelago/Motorola crew worked both in qualifying trim and on the car's race setup during today's practice sessions. The team benefited from the information it gathered at a test here last week and were able to unload with a fast setup.
Tomas Scheckter led today's practice with a speed of 223.810 miles per hour. Richie Hearn, who is making only his second start of the year, was second quick with a speed of 223.511 miles per hour. Kenny Brack rounded out the top-three at 222.870 miles per hour. Herta's teammate Dan Wheldon was 11th fastest today with a lap at 221.756 miles per hour. Tony Kanaan's best speed of 220.586 miles per hour was good enough for 16th.
Qualifying for the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Delphi Indy 300 is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow, while the 200-lap race -- which will air live on ABC Sports -- is set for 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday.
Bryan Herta #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It was a good day for the Archipelago/Motorola team. We got through a lot of stuff and the car is running well and it's running fast. We need to use that to qualify well tomorrow. One thing we haven't been able to do on these speedways and superspeedways is qualify well, so we are working on that. At our test the car was handling well, but there were a couple of things after the test that we came up with and they seem to be working."
Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola
"It is good to see that we are quick. We didn't test very well here and we were a little nervous coming back here. We incorporated what we learned from the test today and, all in all, it is a really good job by the Archipelago/Motorola team. Bryan (Herta) is really driving well and I think we're confident for the rest of the weekend."