IRL: Homestead: Bryan Herta Friday report

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2004) - Bryan Herta and the XM Satellite Radio team took to the track for the first time today at the 1.5-mile Homestead- Miami Speedway and turned 98 trouble-free laps in preparation for Sunday's Indy Racing League® ...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2004) - Bryan Herta and the XM Satellite Radio team took to the track for the first time today at the 1.5-mile Homestead- Miami Speedway and turned 98 trouble-free laps in preparation for Sunday's Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series season opening event.

Herta topped the chart for a majority of the morning practice session before seeing his speed of 216.082 miles per hour bettered with just minutes to go in the session. In the afternoon session, Herta teamed with Dan Wheldon to run in race conditions. Herta's best lap in the morning session was good enough for seventh fastest on the day.

Wheldon was fourth overall on the day with a speed of 216.336 miles per hour. Herta's other Andretti Green Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti posted quick speeds of 215.472 miles per hour and 214.702 miles per hour, respectively, on Friday.

Qualifying will begin at 1:15 p.m. (EST) tomorrow with the start of the 2004 season coming at 2 p.m. (EST) on Sunday.

Bryan Herta, Driver, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"It was a really good day for the XM Satellite Radio team. We had a list of objectives and we worked through that and got them all handled. The car seems to be working well right now so we have a lot to look forward to. This team has come together quickly and they are doing a great job."

George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"It was a great first day on track for this XM Satellite Radio team. Bryan is doing a great job and we are really looking forward to the race. We started this program a little more than two months ago and everything has come together. A lot goes into adding another team, from adding a new transporter to building new pit equipment, that's besides building the race cars. Everyone on this team has worked extremely hard and we haven't had a single mechanical problem."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon