CHAMPCAR/CART: Herta Michigan race notes

Herta on the Race: "I have been happy with my car all weekend, and I was confident going into the race today. The only time I ever had any troubles with the car was in traffic with three or four cars, I had a tough time in their turbulence, but...

Herta on the Race:

"I have been happy with my car all weekend, and I was confident going into the race today. The only time I ever had any troubles with the car was in traffic with three or four cars, I had a tough time in their turbulence, but other than that my car was great, and my Ford-Cosworth was terrific. I think there was no question we had a dominant car, people keep saying I can't drive on an oval, and after today I think I might have changed their mind."

Herta on the Final Ten Laps:

"Today was probably the only time I have ever wished not to lead a race on a re-start with ten laps to go. I thought I would get a good run on the re-start, and that actually worked against me, but certainly benefited the five guys behind me. I was making a run for it at the end, I went up high, as high as I could get, and I think I could have made a strong run for it, but da Matta saw me in his mirrors and pulled up, so I couldn't get through. We ended up fifth, a little disappointing, but I am proud of my team and our performance today. Up until the final 20 laps, everyone out there drove a great race, everyone really took car of each other. After the final 20, it was crazy, I am not sure I have every experienced anything like it, no one did anything bad, but it was just serious crazy racing. This kind of racing is exciting, and it was a good show for the fans, but it is all drafting; it just depends who is in the right place at the right point on the last lap."

Herta on the Final Race at MIS:

This is a terrific facility and if this is the final race at MIS, it was the best one yet, and a good way to send off.

* Qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather. Qualifying times were based upon morning practice times.

** Herta led 17 laps. This was the first time Herta and the team have led a race this year.

-FCRT

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar