IRL: Nazareth: AGR, Bryan Herta preview

Bryan Herta on the Firestone Indy 225: "I've always liked Nazareth. It's a place I've been racing at since the early '90s, so I've got more than a decade there. To me it's one of the most fun ovals to qualify on because you've got three very ...

Bryan Herta on the Firestone Indy 225:

"I've always liked Nazareth. It's a place I've been racing at since the early '90s, so I've got more than a decade there. To me it's one of the most fun ovals to qualify on because you've got three very distinct corners. The problem has always been that it's difficult to pass during a race. But, I enjoy Nazareth and I'm looking forward to going back one last time in the XM Satellite Radio car, especially because I know it's important to Mike (Michael Andretti). It's his hometown. We've had a great season, but I'm not sure that the season will be complete if we don't bring him a win in his hometown."

Bryan Herta Facts
*Herta enters Nazareth ranked ninth in the IndyCar Series point standings, 11 points behind eighth-place driver Vitor Meira and 24 points behind fifth-place driver Sam Hornish Jr.
*Herta drove to a third-place finish at Nazareth in 2003 in a substitute role for Dario Franchitti.
*The driver of the XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone is coming off a ninth-place finish in the Honda Indy 225 - his sixth top-10 result in the past seven races.
*Herta has scored three top-five finishes this season, including a pair of fourth-place finishes at Indianapolis (May 30) and at Richmond (June 26).
*Herta's best start in the IndyCar Series came at Nashville Superspeedway (July 17) when he wheeled the #7 XM Satellite Radio entry from the inside of the second row.
*Herta has one IndyCar Series victory, which came at Kansas Speedway in 2003.
*Herta has three career major open-wheel racing wins and seven poles.

George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the Firestone Indy 225:

"We have a very good car to come into the weekend with and a good base to work from. Every week we seem to be closer to getting what we want out of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car. We just have to keep doing what we're doing and we'll get into the winner's circle."

Andretti Green Racing Team Facts
*Andretti Green Racing entries have won seven of 12 IndyCar Series events this season.
*AGR has led 1,538 of 2,480 total laps run in 2004 (62.0 percent).
*Andretti Green drivers have led the IndyCar Series point standings for 11 consecutive events in 2004, dating to Phoenix (March 21).
*Andretti Green Racing drivers occupy the top three spots among IndyCar Series lap leaders [Kanaan - 813 (1st), Franchitti - 347 (2nd), Wheldon - 318 (3rd)].
*AGR entries have been present on the front row of the IndyCar Series grid at nine of 12 events this season.
*Andretti Green Racing has had at least one car in the top five in 18 consecutive IndyCar Series events dating back to Aug. 10, 2003, which stands as the longest active streak in the series.
*AGR has placed two cars in the top five of an event 17 times, including 10 of the past 11 events this season.
*Andretti Green Racing won all three night events on the 2004 IndyCar Series schedule (Tony Kanaan - Texas, Nashville; Dan Wheldon - Richmond).
*AGR has won every IndyCar Series event thus far in 2004 held at tracks shorter than 1.5 miles in length (Kanaan - Phoenix, Nashville; Wheldon - Richmond; Franchitti - Milwaukee, Pikes Peak).
*Andretti Green drivers occupy two of the top three spots in the IndyCarSeries point standings [Kanaan - 463 (1st), Wheldon - 381 (3rd)].
*Andretti Green won both the pole (Wheldon, March 20; Wheldon, April 16; Franchitti, June 10; Kanaan, August 21) and race (Kanaan, March 21; Wheldon, April 17; Kanaan, June 12; Franchitti, August 22) at Phoenix, Twin Ring Motegi, Texas and Pikes Peak.
*All four Andretti Green entries have finished in the top 10 on three occasions this season (Kansas, Kentucky and Pikes Peak). When they did so at the Kansas event, it marked the first time since Sept. 15, 1996 (Las Vegas) that an IRL IndyCar Series team has accomplished that feat.
*Andretti Green Racing has nine wins and eight poles since joining the IndyCar Series in 2003.
*AGR entries have combined for 48 top-five finishes in 28 career IndyCar Series races.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Sam Hornish Jr. , Vitor Meira