IRL: Texas II: AGR/Herta preview

Archipelago/Motorola Driver Bryan Herta looking to finish the season strong at Texas INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 7, 2003) --Archipelago/Motorola driver Bryan Herta will end the 2003 Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCarTM Series at the same track...

Archipelago/Motorola Driver Bryan Herta looking to finish the season strong at Texas

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 7, 2003) --Archipelago/Motorola driver Bryan Herta will end the 2003 Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCarTM Series at the same track he made his IRL debut only four months ago. Texas Motor Speedway hosts the final race on the IndyCar Series schedule and Herta comes into the event with victory lane on his mind.

A late race spin-and-save to avoid an accident added excitement to Herta's first race in the IndyCartm Series, as he was able to bring the Archipelago/Motorola car home in the fifth position. He has continued to run well, finishing in the top-five in half of the races in which he?s competed.

It is also a special race for Herta's Andretti Green Racing teammates. Tony Kanaan comes into the event with a chance to win the IndyCartm Series championship and Dan Wheldon can claim Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Though Herta?s first priority is to win the race, he will also be keeping an eye out for his teammates to help them earn their titles.

Qualifying for the final race on the IndyCar Series calendar will take place Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. (EDT). The 200-lap event is set for Sunday at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on ESPN.

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

"Obviously my job is to win the race. For the Andretti Green Racing team, the biggest thing is for Tony to win the championship. With one race to go, we know that Helio (Castroneves) and Scott (Dixon) will have their teammates helping them out and I will be helping Tony out. Hopefully it won?t come to that. Hopefully I can win the race and Tony finish second and win the championship. Then everybody would be happy. It is such a remote possibility. It is not something we are keying on. It is more a case if, at the end of the race things stack up, and we have the opportunity to help Tony, then they may call on me or Dan (Wheldon) to do so. I?m looking forward to racing at Texas again. We had a pretty good race there in the Archipelago/Motorola car last June and now we are ready to get our second win."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"We've had some really good cars coming down the stretch and nothing would be better than for us to win the race and Tony to win the championship. Bryan has done a tremendous job for us all year starting back at the first Texas race where he finished in the top-five in his first IndyCar Series race."

- AGR -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon