IRL: Johnny Herbert to test with Heritage Motorsports

Heritage Motorsports Testing With Formula One Veteran Johnny Herbert (Indianapolis, IN) -- In its commitment to produce the premier Indy Racing League team, Heritage Motorsports is continuing its efforts to build for the future. This weekend the...

Heritage Motorsports Testing With Formula One Veteran Johnny Herbert

(Indianapolis, IN) -- In its commitment to produce the premier Indy Racing League team, Heritage Motorsports is continuing its efforts to build for the future. This weekend the team will take another step toward the 2002 season, testing Formula One veteran Johnny Herbert at the Kentucky Speedway on Monday, August 13.

Formed in January of this year, Heritage Motorsports has used their inaugural year to create a strong foundation for the future. With legendary racing families such as the Rathmanns and Mecoms directing the team's affairs, Heritage has consistently worked to position itself apart from other racing programs. In their efforts to find a full time sponsor, the team has developed some of the most unique marketing deals in league history. Continuing their pursuit of success in the IRL, Heritage is using this weekend's test as a building block for the future.

"This team has always tried to be different," says John Mecom III, co-owner of Heritage Motorsports. "We don't want to do what everyone else is doing. Making it in motorsports today is more than just racing, it's about creating new opportunities to increase exposure and identity. We're branching out to bring the most value to our team and our potential sponsors. Our success will come in how creative we can be."

In joining forces with Johnny Herbert, Heritage Motorsports adds another great racing talent to its already impressive team line-up. The information the team gathers from the private test will be used in preparation for next season.

Herbert, who has had an impressive Formula One career, is using this opportunity to gain experience on oval tracks. According to Herbert, Heritage Motorsports offers him the best opportunity to prepare for next year's Indianapolis 500.

"I have one major challenge left to accomplish in motorsports; winning the Indianapolis 500," Herbert said. "Racing at Indy has been a goal of mine since I was 10 years old. It is the greatest race in the world, and I'm taking every opportunity I can to get to Indy."

Herbert's primary racing experience has come from the roads of Europe. He began his career at age 10 in karts where he raced for eight years. After leaving karts, Herbert spent six years working his way up to Formula One. In 1989, he made his debut in the F1 series, finishing fourth in his first race. In 12 years of Formula One competition, Herbert has accumulated three wins in 164 starts.

Last month, he got his first experience on an oval track at Rockingham Motor Speedway in England, testing a Champ car. He logged 175 miles at Rockingham and pushed the car to over 198 miles per hour.

"That was the first time I had ever run on an oval, and I thoroughly enjoyed it," Herbert said. "I'm looking forward to testing with the Heritage Motorsports team. This an opportunity that will be beneficial for everyone involved. We're both working on putting ourselves in the best position to fulfill our future goals."

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