IRL: Motegi: AGR, Herta race report

HERTA FINISHES FIFTH IN XM SATELLITE RADIO CAR; IMPROVES TO FOURTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE MOTEGI, Japan (April 30, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the ...

HERTA FINISHES FIFTH IN XM SATELLITE RADIO CAR; IMPROVES TO FOURTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE

MOTEGI, Japan (April 30, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, gained 10 spots during Saturday's running of the Indy Japan 300 to record his second-consecutive top-five finish. With the result, Herta improved to fourth in the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series points championship.

Herta began the race as the only car electing to make a pit stop after an accident on the first lap of the race. He made another stop under a yellow flag on lap 16. Those early gambles paid off because Herta was out of sequence with the leaders, who began to pit under green-flag conditions around lap 60. It was then that Herta became the second Andretti Green Racing driver to lead the race.

Herta was running seventh when he made a yellow-flag pit stop on lap 117. The XM Satellite Radio crew put together a fantastic stop, gaining Herta five spots and sending him out in second place. Herta came in for another pit stop on lap 141 when he took four tires and just enough fuel to finish the race. When other drivers either ran out of fuel or began to pit after lap 195, Herta moved up to claim fifth place.

Herta's AGR teammate, Dan Wheldon, won his third race of the 2005 IndyCar Series season. He was followed across the line by Honda-powered drivers Scott Sharp, Buddy Rice and Danica Patrick.

The IndyCar Series season resumes Sunday, May 29, with the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500. Live coverage of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will begin at 12 p.m. (EDT) with coverage being provided by ABC. 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:

"The XM Satellite Radio team was running higher, but we basically had to give up track position to everybody but Dan because we were trying to make it to the end. We had enough fuel to make it, but unfortunately the yellow came out at the end. If it wasn't for the yellow, we could have picked up a few more spots. It was a very difficult weekend for the XM Satellite Radio team, but at least we got a top-five result."

George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"The XM Satellite Radio car was great today. Bryan did a great job driving, the guys in the pits did a great job servicing the car and Honda gave us a very strong engine. We'll take our fifth place and look forward to Indianapolis. Congratulations have to go to Dan Wheldon and AGR for winning this race two years in a row."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Danica Patrick