IRL: St. Louis: AGR/Herta Saturday report

Herta to start on the outside of the third row in St. Louis Madison, Ill. (August 9, 2003) -- Bryan Herta will start sixth in tomorrow's Emerson Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway after lapping the 1.25-mile oval in the ...

Herta to start on the outside of the third row in St. Louis

Madison, Ill. (August 9, 2003) -- Bryan Herta will start sixth in tomorrow's Emerson Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway after lapping the 1.25-mile oval in the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone at 174.664 miles per hour.

Herta worked on race setup during the morning practice and honed in on a good car for tomorrow's 200-lap event. During the second practice the Archipelago/Motorola team turned their attention to qualifying, but felt it needed to find more speed to get the qualifying result it was after. Following the second practice the engineers looked over the data from their other two Andretti Green Racing teammates and were able to incorporate it into a fast car in the qualifying session.

Helio Castroneves won the MBNA Pole Award with a speed at 175.965 miles per hour. His speed just eclipsed that of Kenny Brack, who posted a lap at 175.777 miles per hour. It is Castroneves' first pole of 2003 and Brack's first front-row start of the year. Herta's teammate Tony Kanaan will start third in the Team 7-Eleven machine. Kanaan turned in a best lap of 175.674 miles per hour. Rookie Dan Wheldon will start 12th tomorrow after posting a best lap of 172.010 miles per hour.

The 200-lap Emerson Indy 250 will air live on ABC Sports at 3 p.m. EDT tomorrow.

Bryan Herta, #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"I think we wanted to qualify a little better than we did, but that is all the Archipelago/Motorola car had. We have a really good setup for the race and we borrowed some things from Tony's (Tony Kanaan) setup for our qualifying run. So we have to be happy if that is all the car had."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"We were working on our race setup this morning and then we tried a qualifying setup in the second practice session. We thought the setups would be similar, but they weren't. So, thanks to Tony (Kanaan), we used some of his setup to get us to where we needed to be in qualifying. We are right where we want to be. We have a really good race car and we are starting close to the front."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon