NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 19, 2003) -- Bryan Herta and the Archipelago/Motorola team had a tough night Saturday, as everything that went their way in Kansas went against them at Nashville Superspeedway. Herta finished 12th in the Firestone...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 19, 2003) -- Bryan Herta and the Archipelago/Motorola team had a tough night Saturday, as everything that went their way in Kansas went against them at Nashville Superspeedway. Herta finished 12th in the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville, one lap down to the leaders.
Herta, who won the series' most recent event at Kansas Speedway on July 6, looked in prime position to contend for a second consecutive win until a cut tire on lap 125 put the veteran driver a lap down.
Herta used pit strategy and a great handling race car to work his way to the lead from as far back as 14th. Herta did not pit under the caution at lap 59 and then took the lead on lap 104. He had to come into the pits on lap 109, just two laps before Vitor Meira brought out a yellow flag. On the ensuing restart, Sam Hornish made contact with Herta, forcing him to pit with a cut rear tire.
Indianapolis 500 champion Gil de Ferran won his second race of the year at Nashville and moved to second in the Indy Racing League IndyCarTM Series points standings -- just 14 points behind Herta's teammate Tony Kanaan. Scott Dixon was second and is now third in points, just one marker behind de Ferran. Andretti Green Racing rookie Dan Wheldon collected his first career top-five finish, coming home fourth.
The IndyCar Series now heads to Michigan International Speedway for the Firestone Indy 400. It is the 35th year of racing at the 2-mile oval outside of Detroit and ABC will broadcast the race live on July 27th.
Bryan Herta #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"Today just wasn't our day. I think we had as good a car as anybody out there today. It's kind of funny, at Kansas we had a top-five car that won the race and tonight we had a winning car and we finished 12th. That's just the way racing goes sometimes."
Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola:
"We had a really good car but nothing was going our way tonight. The yellow flags would come out when we didn't need them and then we cut a tire and had to pit under green. Finishing 12th after the cut tire is the best we could have done and we take it and get ready for Michigan."