IRL: Michigan: AGR, Herta Friday report

BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 30, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta opened practice today for Sunday's running of the Michigan Indy 400 by charting 120 miles in the ...

BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 30, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta opened practice today for Sunday's running of the Michigan Indy 400 by charting 120 miles in the #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

Herta, who is a Michigan native, posted a best lap of 212.526 miles per hour (33.8782 seconds), which slotted in 14th overall during the two practice sessions held on Friday.

Herta, who enters this weekend's event tied for ninth in the Indy Racing League® (IRL) IndyCar® Series points after nine of 16 events, is looking to make a move in the standings at Michigan as he sits just one point from seventh and 36 from the top five. Four IndyCar Series drivers are log-jammed in positions seven through 10 and are all separated by just one point.

Herta's teammate, Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan, posted the fastest lap of the day at 214.797 miles per hour (33.5200 seconds) and was followed by Kosuke Matsuura, who turned a lap at 214.414 miles per hour. Tomas Scheckter was third fast on the day at 214.277 miles per hour and was followed by Buddy Rice (214.276) and Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon (213.550).

Practice for Sunday's 400-mile event resumes tomorrow morning and will be followed by qualifying at 11 a.m. (EDT).

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

"We had a tough day in the XM Satellite Radio car. It was pretty frustrating. We just haven't found what we need at this point to be as good as we want to be on Sunday. We'll just have to go to work on it overnight and see what we've got tomorrow."

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

"The XM Satellite Radio car is okay. We ran in traffic a little bit and the grip levels just aren't where we want them to be. We just haven't hit on the total package, yet, but we won't stop working on it until we get it."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Jim Beam