IRL: Nashville: Honda Racing qualifying report

Kansas winner Herta heads Honda qualifiers in Nashville Andretti Green Racing's Bryan Herta, winner of the most recent IRL IndyCar event two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway, headed a solid block of six Honda-powered qualifiers for Sunday's...

Kansas winner Herta heads Honda qualifiers in Nashville

Andretti Green Racing's Bryan Herta, winner of the most recent IRL IndyCar event two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway, headed a solid block of six Honda-powered qualifiers for Sunday's Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Herta qualified seventh with a best lap speed of 204.290 mph, just six-thousandths of a second ahead of teammate Dan Wheldon.

The remaining Honda drivers followed, with Team Rahal's Kenny Brack ninth, then Tony Kanaan in the third Andretti Green entry, rookie points leader Roger Yasukawa and Access Motorsports' Greg Ray. All six Honda drivers qualified within 0.14 second of one another.

Although a line of thunderstorms passed through the Nashville area on Friday afternoon, the area around Nashville Superspeedway remained dry and the race forecast calls for clearing skies.

Saturday's ninth round of the 2003 season, and the final night race of the season, starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live television coverage on the ESPN2 cable network.

Bryan Herta (#27 Archipelago/Motorola/Andretti Green Racing Honda) Qualified 7th:

"Normally you see quicker times in qualifying than you do in practice but we have some kind of weather moving in. It seems like the air is getting heavier and that seems 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."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa