IRL: Texas: Bryan Herta preview

Bryan Herta on the Bombardier Learjet 500: "Texas is a track that provides exciting races for fans because of the side-by-side racing. Right now, the XM Satellite Radio team is focused on winning races and moving up in the championship. Only...

Bryan Herta on the Bombardier Learjet 500:

"Texas is a track that provides exciting races for fans because of the side-by-side racing. Right now, the XM Satellite Radio team is focused on winning races and moving up in the championship. Only five points separate the seventh place and 13th place drivers in the championship and we need a couple of good finishes to distance ourselves from the drivers below us."

Bryan Herta Facts

This will be Herta's sixth start at Texas Motor Speedway. His best finishes at the track were a pair of fifth-place finishes in each of the 2003 IndyCar Series races at TMS.

He is currently in ninth place in the IndyCar Series driver championship, one point out of seventh place and 32 points from the fifth position.

Herta finished sixth at the 1.5-mile oval in Motegi, Japan.

Herta tallied a fourth-place finish at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 2.

Herta garnered the first IndyCar Series win for XM Satellite Radio and the second of his IndyCar Series career at Michigan in 2005.

Herta led 159 of 200 laps at Michigan in 2005, the most laps led by any driver in one race during 2005.

Herta is one of only 22 drivers to win two or more races in IndyCar Series history.

Herta was the only driver in 2005 to claim pole positions on a road course (St. Petersburg), a short oval (Phoenix) and a superspeedway (Michigan).

Herta has four career major open-wheel racing wins and 10 poles.

Herta's first IndyCar Series victory came at Kansas Speedway in 2003.

George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the Bombardier Learjet 500:

"The XM Satellite Radio team is optimistic heading to Texas.  It's a fast track where anything can happen.  Fast cars win the race there and I think we have as good of a chance as anyone to win.  If we can go out and get a good result, we can really move up in the championship standings and that's our goal."

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