IRL: Michigan: Andretti Green Racing qualifying report

BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 30, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the ...

BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 30, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, earned his third career IndyCar Series pole position for Sunday's running of the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Herta had a best-lap speed of 219.141 miles per hour (32.8556 seconds) on his second qualifying lap.

Herta joins Sam Hornish Jr. and Tomas Scheckter as the only three drivers in 2005 to have earned three pole positions. Earlier in 2005, Herta claimed two-consecutive poles at Phoenix International Raceway and the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Tomorrow's race goes green at 3:15 p.m. (EDT) with ABC Sports providing live coverage of the event beginning at 3 p.m. (EDT). The 11th race of the 2005 Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series schedule can be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers on Extreme XM, channel 152.

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

"The XM Satellite Radio car was very fast today and I'm really pleased about that. We've struggled on the last few tracks like this and I was really worried coming here. However, I can't thank the team enough for giving me a good car, Honda for supplying us with the engine and Firestone for providing us such great tires. I know that what happened today won't have a great deal of effect on the outcome of tomorrow's race. This is a track with a lot of different grooves, so just because we're on the pole, I don't expect it to be a lot easier than it would be if we'd qualified anywhere else."

Tony Kanaan recorded a best lap of 217.167 miles per hour (33.1542 seconds) in the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone and will start from the 14th position in Sunday's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"We're always thinking about the race, as usual. We never seem to be happy after qualifying and when it comes race day, two laps into it we have four Andretti Green cars in the top six. And I don't think it will be that different tomorrow. Obviously, we're a bit disappointed because we haven't been qualifying that well. Team 7-Eleven does have a good race car. We'll just see how the race goes."

Dan Wheldon, driver of the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam car, qualified 11th for Sunday's running of the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Wheldon recorded a best-lap speed of 217.486 miles per hour (33.1056 seconds) on his first qualifying lap.

Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"We seem to struggle a lot in qualifying on the superspeedways. Unfortunately, tomorrow we aren't going to start near the front, but it's the race that counts. I know the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew will work on getting me a good race car for tomorrow."

Dario Franchitti recorded a lap of 218.570 miles per hour (32.9414 seconds) in the #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone during qualifying at Michigan International Speedway and will start from the seventh position for Sunday's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Firestone Indy 400.

Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"We still have a bit of work to do with the ArcaEx car. This place is a bit trickier than you would think being a big, wide 2-mile oval. It's an older surface and the car slides around a lot. We gave it all we had today and we'll have a strong car for the race, as well."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.