IRL: Chicagoland: AGR/Herta qualifying report

Archipelago/Motorola driver Bryan Herta to start from the inside of fourth row at Chicagoland JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 6, 2003) -- Bryan Herta qualified seventh today for the Delphi Indy 300 in the ...

Archipelago/Motorola driver Bryan Herta to start from the inside of fourth row at Chicagoland

JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 6, 2003) -- Bryan Herta qualified seventh today for the Delphi Indy 300 in the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone with an average speed of 221.323 miles per hour.

Herta and the Archipelago/Motorola team were second quick in this morning's practice and thought they had found the right setup for qualifying. As the afternoon wore on, the temperature increased making the track slick. Herta was the third driver to qualify and went out when the track was at it hottest. As qualifying went on, the track continued to cool.

Richie Hearn won the "MBNA Pole Award" in only his second start of the season with an average speed of 223.159 miles per hour. Tomas Scheckter was second fastest with a speed of 223.083 miles per hour. Felipe Giaffone, who is returning to the race car after breaking his leg at Kansas, will start third with an average speed of 222.646 miles per hour. Herta's teammate Dan Wheldon will start 10th after posting a lap of 221.053 miles per hour. Tony Kanaan starts 14th after a lap at 220.006 miles per hour.

The green flag is scheduled to fly at 2 p.m. EDT tomorrow for the Delphi Indy 300. The race will be broadcast live on ABC Sports. A live pre-race show will air on ESPN2 at noon EDT.

Bryan Herta #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"I'm pretty happy with that lap. The Archipelago/Motorola car is handling really well right now. It has been a long time since we ran this morning and unfortunately we went early in qualifying. You want to go late because the track is going to get better because it is going to cool off. What we ran in qualifying is about what we ran in practice this morning so that's okay. We haven't qualified well at these types of tracks, so anything up near the top is good."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"We were early in the qualifying draw and the track temperature dropped 20 degrees during the session. We're starting near the front, which is what we wanted to do and if we can run the times in the heat of the day, we'll be good."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Richie Hearn , Dan Wheldon