EASTERN CREEK, Sydney, Australia - In his first ever practice session in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, new A1 Team USA driver Bryan Herta showed the racing skill that tied for the most pole positions than any other driver in this year's Indy...
EASTERN CREEK, Sydney, Australia - In his first ever practice session in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, new A1 Team USA driver Bryan Herta showed the racing skill that tied for the most pole positions than any other driver in this year's Indy Racing League by finishing the day with a best practice time of 1.22.084, placing him 12th best for the Friday session, his first ever driving an A1 Grand Prix car.
Although it was a new experience for Herta, he immediately felt at ease on the track at Eastern Creek in Australia. "I am happy that we finished in the top half of the practice session today," said Herta. "The goal was to start getting familiar with the car, the track and our team. It was literally my first ever session in this car and first time on this track, so my focus was just getting comfortable. I am looking forward to opening it up a little bit more tomorrow during qualifying."
Team owner Rick Weidinger was very happy with the way that Herta drove on a track, that at times, was very wet. "Bryan showed traits today, such as poise and maturity, which tell you exactly why he has been so successful in motor racing. We're happy to have him on board and I am sure he will get even better tomorrow after another day in the car."
Using more than one driver per team is a common trait of the new A1 Grand Prix of Nations, with 17 of 25 teams involved in the series using more than one driver. The new series has been developed with the focus squarely on nation teams, rather than driver or engine manufacturer. It is that focus on team and teamwork that Weidinger has been trying to build for A1 Team USA and he feels confident that today's practice session further demonstrated that focus.
"Today was all about getting Bryan comfortable and familiar with the car," said Weidinger. "As he gets more time behind the wheel, I am sure we will just get better and better as a team. I am looking forward to how we perform Saturday and Sunday."
A1 Grand Prix provides national teams and their drivers the opportunity to compete globally on a level playing field with open wheeled race cars that have identical specifications and engines. For the first time in racing history, A1 Grand Prix puts driver against driver and nation against nation. A1 Grand Prix will bring together up to 25 nations representing 80 per cent of the world's population. It is the skill of the drivers and their crews that will determine who wins the race.
The global series will take place across six continents-North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia-and will be televised around the world so fans in both established and emerging markets can experience the thrill of this historic international race series.