IRL: Watkins Glen: Brian Herta preview

Bryan Herta on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix: "Watkins Glen is really very different from the other two road courses we've been on. It is a natural terrain road course, which Infineon is as well, but Watkins Glen is a much faster track. It...

Bryan Herta on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix:

"Watkins Glen is really very different from the other two road courses we've been on. It is a natural terrain road course, which Infineon is as well, but Watkins Glen is a much faster track. It is a little more open and there are a few more passing opportunities, so it should be a good race."

Bryan Herta Facts

Herta is in eighth place in the IndyCar Series points championship. He is 21 points out of seventh place.

At the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway (July 31), Herta started on the pole, led 159 of 200 laps and earned his second career IndyCar Series win.

This will be the third road course race in IndyCar Series history. Herta recorded a fourth-place result at St. Petersburg (April 3) and a 13th-place finish at Infineon (Aug. 28).

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

Herta recorded a third-place finish at the 2005 Indianapolis 500, his best finish at the famed track.

Since his first IndyCar Series race in 2003, Herta has the fifth-most top-five finishes and the fifth-most top-10 results among all IndyCar Series drivers.

Herta is one of four drivers in 2005 to claim three pole positions. He took his first pole at Phoenix, the second at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the third at 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.

For each race Herta wins during the 2005 season one fan will win $10,000 courtesy of XM Satellite Radio's Fast Cash promotion.

George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix:

"We tested well at Watkins Glen and I think we learned some things at Infineon that will be valuable at Watkins Glen. The XM Satellite Radio team is looking forward to going to another road course because we should be pretty quick. The main thing is getting up front. It is going to be difficult to pass, but we should qualify well and I'm expecting us to race well."

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