FORT WORTH, Texas (October 11, 2003) - Bryan Herta placed the ...
FORT WORTH, Texas (October 11, 2003) - Bryan Herta placed the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone 14th in today's final practice at Texas Motor Speedway in preparation for the final race of the 2003 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series schedule. Herta lapped the 1.5-mile oval at a best speed of 220.975 miles per hour during the two 30-minute sessions that marked the final practices of the year. The Archipelago/Motorola team worked on the car's race balance and left the track confident in their setup. Sam Hornish was the fastest in today's final practice turning a best lap of 224.265 miles per hour in the final practice. Helio Castroneves was second quick at 222.732 miles per hour and Tomas Scheckter was third fastest at 222.255 miles per hour. Herta's teammates Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon were 13th and 17th respectively. Kanaan posted a best lap of 221.043 miles per hour, while Wheldon's quickest lap was 220.324 miles per hour. The green flag is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. EDT tomorrow with coverage of the 200-lap race scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN.
Bryan Herta #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"These final practices are very beneficial. You can pick who you want to run with and who you don?' want to run with. In the race you don't have that option because you have to run who you are around. It is good because Tony, Dan and I worked together in both the sessions today and that was a benefit. I feel like the Archipelago/Motorola car handles exceptionally well. I'm a little disappointed we don't have a little more speed, but I think we'll go into the race with what we have and see what happens."
Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola
"We've had a good race car since we unloaded off of the truck. We'll have to see what we've got tomorrow, but the car is handling well. You are never sure how your car will be when race time comes around, but I think we've go a shot at having a really good race car."