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Herta wins Kansas Indy 300. KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 6, 2003) -- Bryan Herta used outstanding fuel-mileage on his ...

Herta wins Kansas Indy 300.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 6, 2003) -- Bryan Herta used outstanding fuel-mileage on his #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone to win Sunday's running of the Kansas Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. It is Herta's first win in only his third career Indy Racing League IndyCar Series start.

The Californian, who started ninth in the 22-car field, worked his way through traffic and ran in the sixth position for most of the day. On the first pit stop team manager Kyle Moyer decided to short-fill the car to keep Bryan's track position. On the second pit stop at lap 80, the Archipelago/Motorola crew did not change tires but added 35 gallons of fuel and a turn of front wing. Herta was able to maintain his position just outside of the top-five, even with the used tires.

As the third round of pit stops came, the team knew they needed to get another full fuel load. Herta pitted on lap 139 and was able to run the rest of the race without another fuel stop. The Archipelago/Motorola crew got him out in fourth place and as the other teams pulled into pit lane for a "splash-and-go" Herta moved up the scoring pylon. He led the final six laps of the race -- the first laps he has led in the IndyCar Series -- to capture his third career open-wheel victory.

Helio Castroneves finished second ahead of his teammate Gil de Ferran. Herta's teammate Tony Kanaan held onto his series points lead with a fourth place finish. Kanaan leads the championship by 31 points over Scott Dixon. Dan Wheldon was involved in an accident with Felipe Giaffone on lap 56 and finished 21st.

Herta will now head to Nashville Superspeedway to try in win his second consecutive race. The Nashville Indy 200 will be run on Saturday night, July 19.

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

"From the last pit stop, Kyle Moyer and the Archipelago/Motorola crew set me up for the win. We were just lapping out there and trying to save as much fuel as we could. I owe Robbie Buhl a bottle of champagne because I drafted him there at the end. I'm not in the points championship, so we didn't have any reason not to gamble and win the race."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"I don't think we had a first-place car even though it handled really well. When we got to the front with the good pit stops we figured we should gamble and try and finish the race on only three stops. We're not running for a championship, so it was a good gamble."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon