Bryan Herta ...
#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard
Bryan Herta and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard will start Sunday’s Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland from the seventh spot on the grid after a noble final qualifying effort today. Herta turned a fast lap of 57.671 seconds (an average of 131.463 mph) over the 2.106-mile temporary Burke Lakefront Airport road circuit. It marks the best qualifying position of the season for the first-year Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing team. Herta is subbing for the injured Tony Kanaan for the second weekend in a row.
Roberto Moreno secured the pole with a fast lap of 57.436 seconds (132.001 mph) today. Sunday’s race begins at 1 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV.
“What a great effort by the guys for getting me a car that feels so comfortable to drive. They’ve had to go from one driver to another, and Tony and I have very different driving styles. This is where we should’ve been last weekend in Portland. You know, before I subbed for Derrick Walker’s team earlier in the year, we were able to sneak in a day of testing before Long Beach, and that made all the difference in the world (with a fifth-place qualifying effort and fifth-place finish). Here, we did our test session, in essence, in actual practice, qualifying and race conditions at Portland. The car is finally to where I can really work with it. There’s still a lot more left in it, so we’ll make some adjustments before warm-up tomorrow morning and see where that takes us. It’s a great feeling to be in a race car, to begin with, but an even greater feeling to have a car that works well. I can’t wait for the race. I love this place.”