CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca Forsythe Championship Racing preview

Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300 Laguna Seca Raceway -- Monterey, Calif. September 8-10, 2000 Circuit: 2.238-mile permanent road course Race: 83 laps Broadcast: ESPN Live 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST Bryan Herta, ...

Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300
Laguna Seca Raceway -- Monterey, Calif.
September 8-10, 2000

Circuit:  2.238-mile permanent road course

Race: 83 laps
Broadcast: ESPN Live 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Bryan Herta, #77 Ford Cosworth/Reynard:

-Will be making his 100th career Champ Car start in his 7th season of competition

-Two-time defending champion from the pole at Laguna Seca Raceway

-Holds track qualifying record of 1:07.895 = 118.666 mph set in 1997

-Has led a total of 226 laps at Laguna Seca Raceway -- 83 in 1999, 81 in 1998, 21 in 1997 and 41 in 1996

-Has contested five races to date this season

-Substituted for Shinji Nakano of Walker Racing at Long Beach and Rio

-Substituted for Tony Kanaan of Mo Nunn Racing at Portland, Cleveland and Toronto

-Recorded two top-10 finishes -- fifth at Long Beach and ninth at Cleveland

-Best starting position was fifth at Long Beach

-Currently sits 21st in the point standings with 14 points

-Has seven career Champ Car poles and two career Champ Cars wins

Bryan Herta on Competing at Laguna Seca Raceway:

"Jerry Forsythe told me at the beginning of the season when the project with Swift failed that if the third franchise issue was resolved, we would go back to racing. Obviously that has not happened yet, but I am happy he's given me the opportunity to come back to Laguna Seca at least. It's no secret I have had tremendous success at this track. With that in mind and looking toward our program for next year, I hope we can have a strong weekend and that this is a step for building a solid program for next season."

<pre> Bryan Herta Performance Chart - Laguna Seca Raceway

1999    Started:  1st      Finished:  1st
1998    Started:  1st      Finished:  1st (first CART win)
1997    Started:  1st      Finished:  6th (set track qualifying record)
1996    Started:  2nd      Finished:  2nd
1995    Started:  2nd      Finished:  25th (contact)
1993    Started:  1st      Finished:  1st (Indy Lights)
1992    Started:  2nd      Finished:  2nd (Indy Lights)

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Shinji Nakano , Mo Nunn