IRL: St. Pete: Bryan Herta race report

HERTA COMPLETES ANDRETTI GREEN SWEEP WITH FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT HONDA GRAND PRIX ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 3, 2005) - For the second-consecutive race, Bryan Herta started the ...

HERTA COMPLETES ANDRETTI GREEN SWEEP WITH FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT HONDA GRAND PRIX

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 3, 2005) - For the second-consecutive race, Bryan Herta started the #7 XM Satellite Radio car from the pole and went on to record a fourth-place finish in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Herta's finish moved him into seventh place in the 2005 Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series points championship chase and gave Andretti Green Racing the league's first-ever '1-2-3-4' finish.

Herta led the first 16 laps of the race before deciding to make a pit stop for tires and fuel during the race's first caution period. Despite re-entering the track in seventh place, five of the drivers in front of him did not stop. When the leaders all made stops, Herta was again leading the race.

Herta's final pit stop of the 100-lap event came under green-flag conditions on lap 62 where he left in 12th position. Several drivers still had one more stop to make, so Herta moved into seventh place with fewer than 20 laps to go. In the remaining laps, Herta battled with Vitor Meira to take home the fourth position.

Herta's AGR teammate, Dan Wheldon, won his second race of the year. Wheldon was followed across the line by AGR's Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti. Andretti Green Racing drivers now occupy four of the top-seven spots in the points championship.

The IndyCar Series season resumes Saturday, April 30 from Motegi, Japan. Live coverage of the Indy Japan 300 will begin at 12 a.m. (EDT) and be broadcast on ESPN2. It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers by tuning into Extreme XM, channel 152.

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

"For me, the race was going great until the last stint and then the car just went really, really loose. I just couldn't maintain the pace I needed to at the end to challenge for the win. But, luckily my teammates picked up the slack and helped us get a win and a great result for the team. A '1-2-3-4' finish is something we've been talking about for a while and it's great to see it through."

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

"We just keep getting better. One is going to come our way here pretty soon. The whole XM Satellite Radio team is getting better and better. We were just sliding around too much there at the end and that was all we could do. Bryan held on from there. Hats off to Andretti Green; Barry Green did a great job with the event. It was just a great weekend all the way around."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Barry Green , Vitor Meira