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Herta Finishes 14th In XM Satellite Radio Car at Homestead-Miami Speedway HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 6, 2005) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta was involved in an accident and finished 14th at Sunday's running of the Homestead-Miami Indy...

Herta Finishes 14th In XM Satellite Radio Car at Homestead-Miami Speedway

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 6, 2005) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta was involved in an accident and finished 14th at Sunday's running of the Homestead-Miami Indy 300 - the first race of the 2005 Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series season.

Herta began the race in the 13th position and after a yellow flag on lap 12, the XM Satellite Radio crew chose not to pit and Herta found himself leading the race. Herta ran with the lead pack all day and always stayed in view of the leaders until a pit stop on lap 145 when the car stalled. Herta left the pit area in 15th position, but moved his way back in the top 10 a few laps later.

With his sights set on rebounding for a strong finish, Herta lined up for a restart on lap 158. However, as the field moved through turns one and two, the XM Satellite Radio driver found himself in the middle of an eight-car incident that ended his day. Herta emerged from the incident unscathed.

The IndyCar Series season resumes Saturday, March 19 at Phoenix International Raceway with Round 2 of the 17-race schedule. The XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 will be televised by ABC Sports with live coverage beginning at 4 p.m. (EST).

Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"I really don't know what caused the accident. I saw Kosuke (Matsuura) get sideways up ahead of me and then all (heck) broke loose. I got spun around backwards and then hit the wall and hit somebody else. It's just unfortunate because the XM Satellite Radio crew did a great job with the car. We'll be ready in Phoenix."

George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"We had some things go our way before the accident. Bryan drove one heck of a race, the XM Satellite Radio car was really good today and the crew did a great job in the pits. We just couldn't stay lucky all day."

-AGR-

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