XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta Fastest on Second Day SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 16, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta was the fastest qualifier during the second day of qualifications for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500.
XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta Fastest on Second Day
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 16, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta was the fastest qualifier during the second day of qualifications for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500. Herta posted a four-lap average speed of 219.871 miles per hour and earned the 23rd starting position.
Herta qualified in the #7T XM Satellite Radio Honda-powered Dallara after his primary car was damaged during yesterday's qualifying attempt. Though his speed was the 13th fastest overall in qualifying, Herta will start 23rd because 22 cars made the race on the first day of qualifications.
Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon and ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti both earned front row starting spots yesterday after posting the second and third quickest four-lap averages, respectively. Herta's other teammate, Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan, will start fifth.
Practice resumes for the Indianapolis 500 on Wednesday, May 19.
Bryan Herta, Driver, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"The XM Satellite Radio crew did a great job getting this car ready. My engineer Martin Pare knew what I needed today. We didn't need a car that would run 221 (mph), we needed a consistent 219 (mph) car. That's what he gave me and it just feels great to get it over with and get in the show, now we need to worry about our race setup. I told the guys the first couple of laps going out were hard. I didn't feel bad getting in the car, but that first time through Turn 1 it all came rushing back. You just have to push it back down and the old comfortable feelings start to come back."
George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm really proud of the XM Satellite Radio team and I've got to say 'hats off' to Bryan. He did a great job out there today. Martin (Pare, race engineer) gave Bryan a good comfortable car and we were able to get it qualified. Now we will go back to working on our race setup, so we can move up through the field and join our teammates."