IRL: Michigan: AGR/Herta Friday report

Bryan Herta fourth in Michigan practice Brooklyn, Mich. (July 25, 2003) -- Bryan Herta placed the ...

Bryan Herta fourth in Michigan practice

Brooklyn, Mich. (July 25, 2003) -- Bryan Herta placed the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone fourth in today's practice at Michigan International Speedway in preparation for the Firestone Indy 400. Herta lapped the two- mile oval at 222.177 miles per hour (32.4066 seconds).

With a slight chance of rain in the forecast for tomorrow, the team looked to put in a fast lap during the morning session to use in case the qualifying session is cancelled and the starting grid would be based on practice times. The Archipelago/Motorola crew then turned their concentration to the car's race setup for the afternoon session, running in a big pack to see how their car reacts in traffic.

Two-time Indy Racing League IndyCarTM Series champion Sam Hornish, Jr. led today's practices with a lap of 223.618 miles per hour. Kenny Brack was second quick overall after a lap at 222.983 miles per hour. Scott Dixon, who has won the last three IndyCar Series pole positions, was third with a lap of 222.493 miles per hour. Herta's teammate Dan Wheldon was eighth quickest with a speed of 221.284 miles per hour and Tony Kanaan was 10th 221.028 miles per hour.

Qualifying for the Firestone Indy 400 is scheduled for 11 a.m. EDT tomorrow, while the 200-lap race -- which will air live on ABC Sports -- is set for 3 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

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

"We worked on the race setup on the Archipelago/Motorola car today because I don't think it matters a whole lot where you start the race. It's a long race on a nice wide track and there are plenty of opportunities to pass on the track and in the pits. If you have a good car it's going to get you to the front. We spend most of the weekend racing, so it just makes sense to work on the race setup."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"We put a time in this morning so that if rains tomorrow during qualifying, we should start up front. Then, we moved on to our race setup and we're not all the way there yet. We've got about an 80 percent race car right now and I don't think we're ready to going racing yet. I think we'll be fine after tomorrow and Bryan should have a good car in the race."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Sam Hornish Jr.