IRL: Kansas: AGR/Herta preview

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (July 1, 2003) --Bryan Herta is still getting his feet wet in the Indy Racing League IndyCarTM Series, making only his third career start Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Herta was tabbed to drive the ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (July 1, 2003) --Bryan Herta is still getting his feet wet in the Indy Racing League IndyCarTM Series, making only his third career start Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Herta was tabbed to drive the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone last week, as the replacement for Dario Franchitti, who will undergo back surgery this summer.

Like many of the tracks on the IndyCar Series schedule, this will be Herta's first visit to Kansas Speedway. The 33-year-old Herta is glad that he will have plenty of practice time to log laps around the 1.5-mile oval.

"The Archipelago/Motorola crew tested at Kansas, so we have some data to work with," said Herta. "We should be in good shape right off the truck. I'm glad the Kansas event is a three-day weekend. That will help me because I haven't been there yet and the more track time I can get the better."

After driving both an IndyCar Series car and Champ Car in June, Herta is glad to have some consistency heading into the summer stretch of seven races in nine weeks.

"Racing at Richmond helped me a lot for Kansas," said the California resident. "It helped to get me used to this type of car again. The other drivers in the series are in the heart of their season and it is hard to just jump in, finish well and race with them."

Herta substituted for Franchitti at Texas Motor Speedway on June 7 and finished fifth in his IndyCar Series debut. At Richmond Herta was running in the top ten before he brushed the wall in Turn 4, which caused him to lose a lap and ultimately finish 14th.

"Bryan did a great job at Richmond," said Kyle Moyer, Archipelago/Motorola team manager. "That is one of the hardest races we have on the schedule and he had very limited track time. We didn't give him the best car but he was running good and trying to make something happen when he brushed the wall. The team tested at Kansas and we were able to learn some things."

Qualifying for the Kansas Indy 300 will take place on Saturday at 12 p.m. (EDT). The race is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports.

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Bryan Herta