CHAMPCAR/CART: Forsythe Championship Racing Mid-Ohio preview

Forsythe Championship Racing Pre-Race Notes and Quotes Event: The Miller Lite 200 Where: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio 2.258 - Mile Permanent Road Course 83 Laps Date: August 12, 2001 TV: ESPN, ...

Forsythe Championship Racing Pre-Race Notes and Quotes

Event: The Miller Lite 200

Where:   Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio

2.258 - Mile Permanent Road Course
83 Laps

Date: August 12, 2001

TV: ESPN, Sunday, August 12, 2001; 12:00 P.M. EST (Live)

Series: CART FedEx Championship Series, Round 13

BRYAN HERTA, #77 FORSYTHE INDECK/FORD-REYNARD/FIRESTONE

CART Season:                     8

Best CART Start: 1 (Seven career pole positions)
Best CART Finish: 1 (Two career victories, Laguna Seca 1998, 1999)
Points Standing: 17 (Tied with M.Gidley and B. Junqueira)

Home Turf: Based in Hilliard, Ohio, Mid-Ohio is the home race for Forsythe Championship Racing. With the shop just over an hour away from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, this race is a highlight on the CART circuit for Herta and many of the Ohio natives on the Forsythe Championship Racing crew.

Herta at Mid-Ohio: In his five starts at Mid-Ohio, Herta has never started out of the top-three; he has started third twice, second twice, and Herta won the pole at the scenic road course on his third attempt in 1997. Herta's best finish at Mid-Ohio came in 1996 when he finished fourth. The 2001 CART race at Mid-Ohio will mark Herta's 113th Champ Car start.

Herta the Buckeye: Herta spent two years studying Economics at the Ohio State University before taking a job with AJ Foyt to compete in the 1994 PPG IndyCar World Championship. Herta moved back to the Columbus area, residing in Dublin while driving for Team Rahal from 1996 to 1999.

Winners Circle Fan Club: Herta will be a featured guest at this weekend's Winners Circle Fan Club meeting at the Honda Manufacturing Hospitality tent at 5:15 pm on Saturday. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Herta and the other featured guests (Cristiano da Matta, Helio Castroneves and Townsend Bell) questions and receive their autograph.

Herta on Mid-Ohio: "I am really looking forward to getting back to Mid-Ohio. I feel like I know the track like the back of my hand, because I have spent so much time there. I have always qualified well at Mid-Ohio, but I still have some unfinished business in terms of race results, and nothing would be better than to turn that around this weekend. I have always had great fan support at Mid-Ohio, I used to live in Columbus and I went to Ohio State University, so it is a special race for me. Being the home race for the team, everyone is excited and I think we should do really well."

-FCR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Townsend Bell