Indianpolis: Doug Herbert Friday summary

HERBERT OPENS U.S. NATIONALS WITH DONATION INDIANAPOLIS (September 2, 2005) -- Doug Herbert made a big impact Friday night during the opening day of racing at the 51st annual NHRA U.S. Nationals. The impact didn't have anything to do with racing...

HERBERT OPENS U.S. NATIONALS WITH DONATION

INDIANAPOLIS (September 2, 2005) -- Doug Herbert made a big impact Friday night during the opening day of racing at the 51st annual NHRA U.S. Nationals. The impact didn't have anything to do with racing his Snap-on Tools dragster, either.

In attempt to aid victims of the recent Hurricane Katrina disaster, Herbert today said he will donate 100 percent of all proceeds from his "DougZilla" merchandise throughout this weekend's event at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

"No matter what I am going to donate a minimum of $5,000," Herbert said. "This really hit home for our race team because our crew chief Wayne Dupuy and his entire extended family are from the New Orleans area. They were lucky to get out and they have some insurance so they will be able to recover one day, but they've been there and seen the devastation first-hand and the things they told me were just terrible. Our hearts go out to the people in that region and this is our little way of helping them out."

Herbert said he would like to help develop a relief fund that will specifically help fellow drag racers affected by the disaster.

"We may race each other in eliminations like it's the most important grudge match ever, but when it comes to something as devastating as this hurricane, we are all family and right now we need to help out our family," Herbert said. "We need to step up and try to make a difference."

Herbert pledged the money and then went on to drive the Snap-on Tools dragster to a 4.868-second pass at 228.15 mph. The performance was good enough for 15th, but definitely not good enough for Herbert.

"We had a malfunction of some sort and I'm disappointed we couldn't take advantage of that night session," Herbert said. "But we have four qualifying passes left before we race for the trophy on Monday and I know the guys are just as anxious as I am to make a better pass down the track.

"We can't get too upset tonight. The U.S. Nationals is the biggest race of the season and we have an extra day with the extra qualifying run and it makes for a long weekend. We'll be ready by Monday for sure."

There are four remaining rounds of qualifying for the U.S. Nationals, with two sessions on Saturday (1:15 & 6:15 p.m.) and two more on Sunday (11 a.m. & 3 p.m.). Final eliminations are set for 11 a.m. on Labor Day.

ESPN2 will televise the event throughout the weekend including special coverage. Qualifying can be seen on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (ET), noon (ET) on Sunday and 10:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. Two segments of NHRA 2Day will air this weekend, 11:30 a.m. (ET) on Sunday and Monday. Final eliminations will start at noon (ET) on Monday, continuing at 8 p.m. that evening.

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