HERTA DRIVES TO 15TH-PLACE FINISH AT KANSAS KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 3, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the ...
HERTA DRIVES TO 15TH-PLACE FINISH AT KANSAS
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 3, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, started 16th and battled his way to a 15th-place finish at Sunday's running of the Argent Mortgage Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. Despite the finish, Herta fell only one spot to seventh in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series championship standings.
Herta was able to make up some ground during the first 50 laps of the race, running as high as 11th. Because he was getting better fuel mileage than those in front of him, he was running in fifth place when he had to pit under green on lap 52. As the XM Satellite Radio crew serviced the car with four Firestone tires and fuel, they also had to make a minor adjustment to the machine because it was slightly overheating.
Although the overheating issue was solved, Herta found the going tough. Entering the second pit stop, Herta was again running among the leaders when he came in under the green and left in 11th place. On lap 138, the crew decided to make a stop under caution in an effort to finish the race without making another stop. Because there were not enough yellow-flag laps during the remainder of the race, Herta had to make one more stop with less than 10 laps remaining under green-flag conditions that ultimately garnered him the 15th-place result.
Herta's AGR teammates Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon finished in first and second place, respectively, with Vitor Meira finishing third. AGR teammate Dario Franchitti finished fourth and Tomas Scheckter rounded out the top five.
The season resumes Saturday, July 16, from Nashville Superspeedway. Live coverage of the Firestone Indy 200 begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN. It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers on Extreme XM, channel 152.
Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We've seen this problem to different degrees at times, but this is the worst it's been. Handling-wise, the car would respond to changes, but speed-wise, we couldn't get it to respond. We just couldn't get the car to the speed we were looking for."
George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"For starters, there is something wrong with our car. We're just not sure what the problem is. Today was frustrating, but everyone is keeping a good attitude. The XM Satellite Radio crew is keeping our heads together, we're working as a team and we're going to solve this problem."