IRL: Motegi: Bryan Herta preview

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Who: #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone driver Bryan Herta
What: Bridgestone Indy Japan 300, Round 3 of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series
Where: Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan
When: Saturday, April 17
Television: ESPN2 (Live), Friday, April 16 at 11:30 p.m. (EDT)

Bryan Herta on the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300

"The whole team feels good heading into Motegi after Tony's win last race. The XM Satellite Radio crew has worked really hard and we have been competitive this year, and now we're ready for a good result. Obviously Japan is an important race for the team, as well as Honda, but I wouldn't say there is added pressure on us. We want to win every race. We have had four strong cars at both events this year and I don't think it will be any different in Japan."

Bryan Herta Facts

* Motegi marks Herta's 14th IndyCar Series start

* Herta has three starts at Motegi, all in CART competition

* Herta has one IndyCar Series victory which came at Kansas Speedway in 2003

* Herta has six IndyCar Series top-five finishes

* Herta's best start in the IndyCar Series is fifth at Nazareth

* Herta has three career major open-wheel racing wins and seven poles

* Herta's first major open-wheel start came at the 1994 Indianapolis 500

George Klotz, Team Manager, on the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300

"This is obviously a big race for the XM Satellite Radio team and even a bigger race for Honda. Our guys have been working hard getting the cars and all the equipment ready to make the trip to Japan. We've had a good car in the first two events of the season but we just haven't had things go our way. If we stay focused and continue to give Bryan a good car the results should follow."


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