NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 18, 2003) -- Bryan Herta will have to work his way from the fourth row in order to repeat as a winner in the Indy Racing League IndyCar^Ã™ Series after placing his ...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 18, 2003) -- Bryan Herta will have to work his way from the fourth row in order to repeat as a winner in the Indy Racing League IndyCar^Ù Series after placing his #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine seventh on the grid for tomorrow night's Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Suerspeedway.
Herta, who won the series' most recent event at Kansas Speedway on July 6 from the 11th starting position, turned a lap of 204.290 miles per hour, which led the way for Andretti Green Racing. The team placed all three of its cars in the top 10 in a very competitive qualifying session that saw less than one-half of a second separate the top 15 qualifiers.
Scott Dixon won the "MBNA Pole Award" with a speed of 206.211 miles per hour. Helio Castroneves will start from the outside of the front row after posting a lap of 205.339 miles per hour. Tora Takagi will line up third on the grid after a lap of 205.051 miles per hour. Herta's teammate Dan Wheldon will start alongside him in the eighth spot after a lap at 204.238 miles per hour. Series points leader Tony Kanaan will start from the 10th position after running a lap at 203.759 miles per hour.
The Firestone Indy 200 will go green at 8:05 p.m. EDT Saturday and will be shown live on ESPN2.
Bryan Herta #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"Normally you see quicker times in qualifying than you do in practice, but we had some kind of weather moving in, and it seemed like the air was getting heavier and that seemed to be the difference. The Archipelago/Motorola car had almost perfect balance. We tested here last week and had a good test. We feel like we have a really good car for the race, so hopefully we can win another one."
Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola:
"I thought we would have been a little bit quicker in qualifying based on our practice time. It seems like lately that teams really aren't posting faster times in qualifying. We are starting close enough to the front to run with the front pack, so we need a good setup for our car in the race. I think we're close to a really good setup; we just need to make a couple of more changes."