IRL: Kansas: AGR/Herta Friday report

BRYAN HERTA NINTH IN KANSAS PRACTICE KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 4, 2003) -- Bryan Herta placed the ...

BRYAN HERTA NINTH IN KANSAS PRACTICE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 4, 2003) -- Bryan Herta placed the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone ninth in today's practice at Kansas Speedway in preparation for the Kansas Indy 300. Herta lapped the 1.5-mile oval at 216.244 miles per hour (25.3047 seconds).

Herta is making only his third Indy Racing League IndyCar Series start and his first ever start at Kansas Speedway. The Michigan native ran more than 100 laps today, working on the car's race balance. The Archipelago/Motorola team made steady improvements through the two practice sessions, but were still looking to find more speed in the car.

Tomas Scheckter was the quickest in today's practice sessions, logging a best lap at 218.264 miles per hour (25.0706 seconds). He was followed by his teammate Scott Dixon -- who has led the last 289 competitive race laps -- at 217.739 miles per hour. Herta's teammate Tony Kanaan rounded out the top three with a speed of 217.661 miles per hour. Rookie Dan Wheldon worked on his race setup all day, posting the tenth fastest speed 216.107 miles per hour.

Bryan Herta #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"The Archipelago/Motorola team worked on race setup today. We learned some things but we're still not as fast as we need to be. Everything is getting more comfortable with the team and we are starting to work together really well. We need to improve the car tomorrow to make sure we'll be okay in the race." On the hot temperatures: "It really isn't that bad for the drivers, I think it is going to be a lot hotter for the fans because in the car we have the air moving for us."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"We still have some work to do; we're about 80 percent there. The last 20 percent is the hardest to find, so we'll sit down and look at the data tonight. Tony seems to be pretty quick, so we'll take a look at his setup and work together to get a better car for qualifying and the race."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon