IRL: Motegi: Bryan Herta Thursday report

XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta 12th in Practice at Motegi MOTEGI, Japan (April 15, 2004) - Bryan Herta and the XM Satellite Radio team opened practice on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi Thursday and turned just 47 laps in preparation for...

XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta 12th in Practice at Motegi

MOTEGI, Japan (April 15, 2004) - Bryan Herta and the XM Satellite Radio team opened practice on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi Thursday and turned just 47 laps in preparation for this weekend's Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Bridgestone Indy Japan 300. Herta turned a best lap of 199.961 miles per hour, which was good enough for 12th fastest on the day.

Herta and the XM Satellite Radio crew worked through their program during the morning practice and continued to find more speed. When the afternoon session began, things were looking very promising as the team had found even more speed. But, a gearbox problem midway through the afternoon session forced the team to quit early and kept them from completing their full running program.

Herta's teammates Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti were first and second fastest today, turning laps of 203.907 miles per hour and 202.374 miles per hour, respectively. Scott Sharp was third fastest today at 201.905 miles per hour. Dan Wheldon also faced technical problems today and managed just the 18th fastest speed of the day.

Qualifying will begin at 11:30 p.m. (EDT) tomorrow for the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300. Round 3 of the 2004 IndyCar Series will start at 11:30 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday.

Bryan Herta, Driver, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"The XM Satellite Radio team had a pretty good morning and we made the car a little bit better this afternoon. We were fast right at the beginning of the afternoon session, but unfortunately we had a gearbox problem which forced us to stop early. It's too bad because I wanted to do some full-tank running that we didn't get to do. Luckily, it looks like Dario (Franchitti) and Tony (Kanaan) got some good work in for us so we should be okay."

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

"We had a little bit of a gearbox problem this last session, but we were going in the right direction from this morning to this afternoon. We would have liked to run some more laps and run the car with full tanks, but the gearbox wouldn't let us, so the XM Satellite Radio team will just come back tomorrow ready to run."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon