IRL: St. Pete: Bryan Herta race report

Herta Scores Fourth-Place Finish in XM Satellite Radio Car at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 2, 2006) - Bryan Herta, driver of the ...

Herta Scores Fourth-Place Finish in XM Satellite Radio Car at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 2, 2006) - Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, drove a physically-draining race at Sunday's running of the second annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and collected a fourth-place result, his best finish since a win at Michigan in 2005. Herta is currently in seventh place in the driver championship standings, five points out of fifth place and 44 behind the leader.

Herta, who started sixth, stayed on the track when the cars in front of him made pit stops on lap 54 of the 100-lap race. The move put Herta in second place and on an alternate pit sequence. Herta's final pit stop came on lap 68 when the XM Satellite Radio crew put him back on the track with a flawless stop. Herta was running in sixth position when Tomas Scheckter and Buddy Rice collided on lap 97, moving him to the fourth position as the race ended under yellow-flag conditions.

Helio Castroneves won the first road course race of the 2006 season and Scott Dixon finished second. Herta's AGR teammate Tony Kanaan finished third and Vitor Meira rounded out the top five.

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

"It was a tough race out there today. It was good, though. We had a lot of green-flag racing and it was an exciting event. The XM Satellite Radio car was really good today, the traffic just didn't play out right for us. But, it was important for the team to come out and get some points and that's something we can build on. I'm ecstatic that we are coming back to St. Petersburg for another Honda Grand Prix. This is a great venue with a big crowd and we put on great races here. I'd be happy if we had 15 of these on our schedule."

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

"The XM Satellite Radio team is getting things going in the right direction. We would obviously have liked to finish higher, but we'll take fourth place. We had a really good car in the race and got stuck behind some traffic in the end and that really killed us, but you can't control that. The XM Satellite Radio crew did a great job, just like they normally do. It was just an all-around team effort today."

-agr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Buddy Rice , Vitor Meira