IRL: Motegi: Bryan Herta race report

Herta Delivers Sixth-Place Finish at Motegi in XM Satellite Radio Car MOTEGI, Japan (April 22, 2006) - Bryan Herta, driver of the ...

Herta Delivers Sixth-Place Finish at Motegi in XM Satellite Radio Car

MOTEGI, Japan (April 22, 2006) - Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio machine, collected a sixth-place finish at Saturday's Bridgestone Indy Japan 300. Herta is currently in seventh place in the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series driver championship standings and 17 points out of third.

Herta, who started the race in seventh place, struggled with his car early in the race but the XM Satellite Radio crew made changes during each of Herta's stops and the car improved to his liking. As the race progressed, Herta gradually improved his position. Following his final pit stop of the event, the car became loose and dropped Herta to sixth place.

Helio Castroneves won his second-consecutive race of the season. He was followed across the line by Dan Wheldon and AGR teammate Tony Kanaan. Sam Hornish Jr. and Buddy Rice rounded out the top five.

The next race on the 2006 IndyCar Series schedule is Sunday, May 28, when the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 goes green at 1 p.m. (EDT). ABC Sports will provide live coverage of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" beginning at 12 p.m. (EDT). It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers on XM channel 145, the official home of the IndyCar Series.

Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"When we started the race, we really weren't very good at all. We made adjustments and the XM Satellite Radio car came to us. In the second-to-last stint we were really rocking and things were going great. On the last set of tires I was very loose and I don't know why. It's a shame because before that, it looked like we had a car that we could get back up there with. One of our goals was to come out of here with some quality points and we were able to do that."

George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"Things were going really well for the XM Satellite Radio team until the end when the car went loose. Bryan did a great job hanging on until the end. The sixth-place finish isn't what we came here for, but we just keep attacking it and gaining points. We're in a good position heading into Indianapolis."

- AGR -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr.