IRL: Michigan: AGR/Herta race report

Herta's day ends early at Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 27, 2003) -- An electrical problem on lap 36 put Bryan Herta out of the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Herta had the ...

Herta's day ends early at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 27, 2003) -- An electrical problem on lap 36 put Bryan Herta out of the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Herta had the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone running in the eighth position before the problem forced him to retire in the 19th position.

Herta, who was born in Warren, Mich., started off slow and fell to the back of the field. In the first 30 laps, Herta worked his way to as high as seventh and was just biding his time before trying to move up in the field.

Alex Barron won a thrilling race in the fourth closest finish in Indy Racing League history. Barron beat Sam Hornish by .0121 seconds in a side-by-side finish. Tomas Scheckter finished third just half-a second back. Herta's teammates also ran into problems today. Tony Kanaan finished 16th and lost his points lead to Scott Dixon. Dixon leads Kanaan by a single point as the season heads for the home stretch. Dan Wheldon finished 20th after losing power on lap 19.

Herta will now head to Gateway International Raceway for the Emerson Indy 250 on August 10.

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

"We think we lost a battery. That very rarely happens, but it happened to us.  The
Archipelago/Motorola car was awesome out there.  Anything I wanted to do with the car
I could.  I really think we could have won this race, so it is very disappointing."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"Bryan had a really good car and he was doing a good job just being patient. We're not sure what happened to the car. We tried replacing the battery and that didn't solve the problem so we had to call it a day."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Alex Barron , Sam Hornis