IRL: Kentucky: AGR, Herta Saturday report

SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta will start from the 21st position tomorrow in the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway as the result of an engine change following the second of two Saturday practices ...

SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta will start from the 21st position tomorrow in the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway as the result of an engine change following the second of two Saturday practices sessions.

Per Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series rules, Herta was also not allowed to make a qualifying attempt during this afternoon's qualifying session because the engine change took place prior to qualifying during a two-day event.

Herta, who finished third in this event in 2003, posted the 12th fastest overall speed (214.093 miles per hour, 24.8864 seconds) during Saturday's practice sessions, which saw him record 87 laps of practice. However, Herta's XM Satellite Radio team was uncomfortable with some of the data it reviewed following the session and decided to make the precautionary engine change.

Buddy Rice went on to win the pole with a speed of 216.016 miles per hour (24.6648 seconds), while Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan qualified second with a speed of 215.731 miles per hour (24.6974 seconds). Sam Hornish Jr. will start third after qualifying at 215.592 miles per hour (24.7134 seconds), Adrian Fernandez qualified fourth (215.326, 24.7439) and ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti fifth (215.181).

The Belterra Casino Indy 300 - Round 11 of the 16 race schedule - is set to go green at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) tomorrow and will air live on ABC.

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

"It's disappointing for the XM Satellite Radio team, but those are the rules. It's not what you want, but we've got a good car and this is a track where the good cars can get to the front. We'll be alright."

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

"I'm confident that Bryan can make his way to the front pretty quick. We do have a good car. We just need to get a little more speed out of it. This is a long race; it will be a long day. But, we can find the front. It's not where you want to start, but those were the cards we were dealt. We'll work through it like we always do."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr.