IRL: Richmond: AGR, Herta race report

XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta Finishes Fourth at Richmond Richmond , Virginia (June 26, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta matched his top finishing position of the year with a fourth-place showing in Saturday night's Indy ...

XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta Finishes Fourth at Richmond

Richmond , Virginia (June 26, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta matched his top finishing position of the year with a fourth-place showing in Saturday night's Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway.

After starting seventh, Herta found his stride on the three quarter-mile Virginia State Fairgrounds bullring, never running outside of the top-10 during the 250-lap race. Solid pit work by the XM Satellite Radio crew allowed Herta to contend with the leaders until the finish and match his best finish of 2004.

Herta's teammate, Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon, earned his second victory of the year by gambling on fuel strategy. Vitor Meira finished second and Helio Castroneves was third. Joining Herta in the top-five was his AGR teammate, Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan, who finished fifth. With his strong finish, Kanaan maintains a 15-point edge over Wheldon in the championship standings.

The IndyCar Series now moves to Kansas Speedway, site of Herta's first IndyCar Series win, for the Kansas Indy 300 on July 4. The race will take the green flag at 12:45 p.m. (EDT) and airs live on ABC Sports with coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. (EDT).

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

"It was a little crazy out there at times, but that's the way a bullring like this will be. It was a great night for the XM Satellite Radio team. The guys did great job in the pits and kept us in a place where we could race everyone. I'm happy for Dan. He did a great job tonight and the team made a great call."

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

"Bryan drove a great race for us tonight. It looked really wild out there, but our crew did a good job in the pits and we worked very hard for the fourth-place finish. I can't say enough about this XM Satellite Radio team; they are just working really well right now."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam , Vitor Meira