IRL: Indy 500: Bryan Herta Opening Day summary

XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta Opens Practice at Indy SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 9, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta turned 26 laps of practice for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 today at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor...

XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta Opens Practice at Indy

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 9, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta turned 26 laps of practice for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 today at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting a best speed of 217.118 miles per hour.

Herta put both his primary and backup XM Satellite Radio cars through the paces today, working to find a comfortable baseline setup. While speed was not a priority, Herta and the crew were happy to find a comfortable setup as well as knowing the XM Satellite Radio machine could be very fast.

Scott Dixon was the fastest on the day with a lap at 219.760 miles per hour. Helio Castroneves was second fast at 219.752 miles per hour, ahead of Adrian Fernandez 218.342 miles per hour. Tomas Scheckter was fourth fastest after a lap at 218.308 miles per hour. Herta's Andretti Green teammate Dan Wheldon was fifth fastest at 218.007 miles per hour.

Practice for the Indianapolis 500 continues tomorrow at noon EDT.

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

"Today was exactly what I wanted to get out of Opening Day. We got here and got to running in the XM Satellite Radio car and just got the month of May started. Everybody is trying to get comfortable out there right now and then as the week goes on we'll start trimming the car out and try to get more speed from it. Nobody is showing what they have yet, because it doesn't really count before Saturday."

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

"We are happy with both of the XM Satellite Radio cars. That was our goal, just run enough to get the cars comfortable and not do too many miles. It was a nice easy calm day and we haven't had any panics yet, so hopefully we can keep like this through the rest of the week."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon