IRL: St. Louis: AGR/Herta preview

Herta looking to turn things around at Gateway INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 5, 2003) -- The Archipelago/Motorola team is looking for a change of fortune this weekend at the Emerson Indy 240 at Gateway International Raceway. Bryan Herta and the...

Herta looking to turn things around at Gateway

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 5, 2003) -- The Archipelago/Motorola team is looking for a change of fortune this weekend at the Emerson Indy 240 at Gateway International Raceway. Bryan Herta and the team tested at the 1.25-mile oval near St. Louis in July and are excited to return.

"St. Louis was a fun test, having to brake in the corners and downshift," said Herta. "It is a challenge we don't see every week in the Indy Racing League and it is going to be tough to get the car right for the race. We had a good test there in the Archipelago/Motorola car and my teammates also tested there so we should be in pretty good shape. We need to get a good finish, we've haven't gotten the results we wanted in the last couple of races and we need to turn that around."

The 33-year-old, who won at Kansas in only his third Indy Racing League IndyCarTM Series start, has not had the results he was hoping for at the last two events. At Nashville Herta had a good car, but was caught out by a yellow flag that put him a lap down after he led five laps during the event. Then at Michigan, he was working his way to the front before a problem with the alternator forced him to retire after only 36 laps.

Archipelago/Motorola team manager Kyle Moyer knows it has been a tough stretch for the team, but he also knows things can turn around quickly.

"The guys are working really hard and Bryan is doing a great job behind the wheel," said Moyer. "Right now we just need things to go our way. We haven't had the luck in the last couple of races, but that doesn't mean we haven't had a fast car. Our testing program is giving us a good baseline setup and Bryan and Allen (McDonald, race engineer) are fine-tuning the setup to be very competitive in the race."

Qualifying for the Emerson Indy 250 will take place on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. (EDT). The race is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on ABC.

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