IRL: Heritage Motorsports runs one car at Texas

(Indianapolis, IN) -- The Heritage Motorsports team and Formula One veteran, Johnny Herbert will have to put off their debut race together until next season due to a scheduling conflict. The team had been preparing for a two-car effort in Texas on...

(Indianapolis, IN) -- The Heritage Motorsports team and Formula One veteran, Johnny Herbert will have to put off their debut race together until next season due to a scheduling conflict. The team had been preparing for a two-car effort in Texas on September 16 before the race was postponed to October 6 in respect for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks.

Herbert, who was scheduled to join Heritage's full-time driver Jeff Ward for the IRL season finale', is under contract in the American Le Mans Series and must join his team in Atlanta the same weekend as the Indy Racing League's re-scheduled event, canceling Heritage's two-car effort.

"It's a shame what happened in New York and Washington two weeks ago," Herbert said. "The IRL made the right decision not to race in Texas on September 16, but, unfortunately I will have to miss the rescheduled race, due to my commitments in the Le Mans series. I was really looking forward to the race in Texas as were G-Force, Infiniti and the Heritage Motorsports team."

The race in Texas would have been Herbert's first competitive experience on an oval track. According to Herbert, it will be a valuable opportunity lost. He was using the final IRL race as a springboard into next season, when he hopes to race full time in the Indy Racing League and compete in next year's Indianapolis 500. .

"It is a goal to move ahead with the Heritage Motorsports team," Herbert said. "I've enjoyed working with this team and intend to continue to work with them in the future. I was hoping to use my experience in Texas as a guide in planning for next year, but this will make the off-season even more vital.

"Hopefully this will be a busy off season," continued Herbert. "I want to get many miles under my belt so I'm ready to run with Heritage for the IRL championship next year and win the Indianapolis 500."

Heritage Motorsports is a first year team owned by the legendary Mecom and Rathmann families. With over 100 years of racing experience, Heritage Motorsports brings a unique appreciation to open wheel racing. The team has recently teamed up with Farm Aid for a nationwide awareness promotion, and is pursuing sponsorship opportunities for next season.

-HM-

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