HERTA GRABS THIRD STRAIGHT FRONT ROW START SURFERS PARADISE, AUSTRALIA . . . Shell Champ Car driver Bryan Herta captured his third straight front row start by qualifying second for Sunday's Indy 300 with a lap of 108.667 miles per hour. Herta,...
HERTA GRABS THIRD STRAIGHT FRONT ROW START
SURFERS PARADISE, AUSTRALIA . . . Shell Champ Car driver Bryan Herta captured his third straight front row start by qualifying second for Sunday's Indy 300 with a lap of 108.667 miles per hour. Herta, a seven time pole winner in CART, makes his fourth front row start in the last six CART races. Herta captured the first of his three consecutive front row starts when he won the pole for the Shell 300 at Laguna Seca Raceway in September. At Laguna, Herta became just the third driver in the FedEx Championship Series this year to win a race from the pole. He followed up his victory by qualifying second for the Texaco Grand Prix of Houston.
The three consecutive front row starts are a career first for Herta and matches the Team Rahal record set by owner Bobby Rahal who started three consecutive races from the pole in July of 1992.
"It was a very eventful qualifying session for me," said Herta. "I got a good lap in on my first set of tires so I was able to take some real chances on my second set of Firestone tires. I was on a flying lap when I clipped the cone in the Foster's chicane and I broke the right front wing and some of the suspension. I was really going for it. I don't know if I could have caught Dario's time, but we would have given it a shot. The bottom line on this course is that to be successful you have to be willing to beat the hell out of the car and take chances."
Herta's previously best start at Surfers Paradise was fifth (inside of row three) in 1998. His best finish was tenth also in 1998.
Miller Lite driver Max Papis qualified 11th overall and will start on the inside of row six. Papis, currently fifth in the season points battle with a career high 117 points, had started in the top-ten in six of the previous seven races.
The Indy 300 will be broadcast live in the United States on ESPN at Midnight, Sunday, October 17th.