IRL: Nashville: Bryan Herta preview

Bryan Herta on the Firestone Indy 200: "The concrete surface really doesn't change things too much. The surface is a lot bumpier because of the breaks in the concrete, but other than that, the grip level isn't that different and won't change the...

Bryan Herta on the Firestone Indy 200: "The concrete surface really doesn't change things too much. The surface is a lot bumpier because of the breaks in the concrete, but other than that, the grip level isn't that different and won't change the setup of the XM Satellite Radio car. We just need to work hard and put together a good weekend."

Bryan Herta Facts -- Herta is tied for seventh in the IndyCar Series points championship. He is only seven points out of sixth place and 21 points out of fourth. Herta's best finish in 2005 came at the Indianapolis 500 where he finished in third place. The finish was Herta's best at Indy. Herta has a streak of seven-consecutive races where he has been running at the finish, the second- longest streak in the IndyCar Series. Since his first IndyCar Series race in 2003, Herta has the fourth-most top-10 results among all IndyCar Series drivers and has the fifth-most top-five finishes. In 2005, Herta has recorded his first two career IndyCar Series pole positions. He took his first pole in Phoenix at the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 and the second at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Herta is only the 10th driver in IndyCar Series history to record consecutive poles, joining teammates Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon. His best finish at Nashville Superspeedway came in 2003 when he finished 12th. Herta drove the XM Satellite Radio car to a ninth-place finish in the 2004 points championship. Herta has three career major open-wheel racing wins and nine poles. Herta has one IndyCar Series victory, which came at Kansas Speedway in 2003. Bryan Herta IndyCar Series Statistics Top Top Laps Starts Wins 5 10 Poles Led Pts (Rk) Earnings 2005 8 0 3 6 2 56 198 (T-7th) $825,405 Career 35 1 13 22 2 144 $2,650,445

Martin Pare, Race Engineer, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the Firestone Indy 200: "Nashville is a very bumpy track and there is a seam in the cement going in and out that is very characteristic of the track. In the past, tirewear was on the high side, so you always had to take that into account. Firestone has done a great job improving the tires since last season's race in Nashville. We need to turn around from the direction we've headed the last two races and we expect to do that in Nashville."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon