XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta 17th in Final Indianapolis Practice SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 27, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta took his rebuilt ...
XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta 17th in Final Indianapolis Practice
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 27, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta took his rebuilt #7T Dallara/Honda/Firestone back on the track today for the final practice before the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500. He turned a fastest lap of 213.869 miles per hour before the short Carburetion Day practice session came to an end.
Following an accident during practice on Friday, the XM Satellite Radio crew spent the last five days repairing and rebuilding the car to get it ready for the '500'. In all Herta ran 19 laps today, performing an engine installation check and fine-tuning the race balance of the car.
Fernandez Racing led the speed charts today with Kosuke Matsuura posting the fastest lap of the day at 219.226 miles per hour. Owner/driver Adrian Fernandez was second fastest at 218.066 miles per hour and Scott Dixon was third at 216.391 miles per hour.
The 88th Indianapolis 500 will take the green flag at Noon ET live on ABC Sports.
Bryan Herta, Driver, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"My guys had a lot more work this month than most of the teams out here and they did a great job rebuilding the XM Satellite Radio car. It feels just like it did before the accident and that increases my comfort level. We are looking good for the race. It's a long one, so we are just going to bide our time and be there at the finish."
George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm really proud of the XM Satellite Radio team. They have worked hard all month and circumstances have forced them to work even harder. They did a great job preparing the XM Satellite Radio car and Bryan has done a tremendous job staying cool and preparing for the race. I think it will be a tight race, but I think you'll see us work our way to the front and compete for the win."