IRL: Nashville: Bryan Herta race report

MECHANICAL PROBLEMS END HERTA'S DAY EARLY AT NASHVILLE LEBANON, Tenn. (July 16, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the ...


LEBANON, Tenn. (July 16, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, suffered a mechanical problem that brought his evening to an early conclusion during Saturday's running of the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Herta, who started the day in the 16th position, finished 22nd and fell to eighth in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series championship.

Herta began the race by quickly gaining a few spots, running in 13th position. When a yellow flag brought the field to a crawl only 28 laps into the event, all drivers except Herta came in to make pit stops. By staying out, Herta moved into the lead on lap 32. Only 50 laps into the race, Herta began to settle into a pace, was in fifth place and running as fast as the leaders.

Herta's first pit stop came under green-flag conditions on lap 64. Less Hethan 10 laps after the stop, rta radioed to his crew that his car was Heshaking and he believed something on the front of the car failed. came Hein, changed tires and was sent back out, but the problem persisted and HeHerta's day was over.

Herta's AGR teammate Dario Franchitti won his first race of the season. Sam Hornish Jr., Patrick Carpentier, Scott Sharp and Helio Castroneves rounded out the top five.

The next race on the IndyCar Series schedule takes place Sunday, July 24, from The Milwaukee Mile. Live coverage of the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 begins at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN. It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers on Extreme XM, channel 152.

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

"We lost the right-front wheel bearing which is not something that we've ever had fail before, so it's a huge disappointment. I take some comfort in the fact that the XM Satellite Radio car was more competitive in the race than we've been recently, so we're happy about that, but we've got to finish these things."

Martin Pare, Race Engineer, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"From the early indication we've gotten, it's apparent that we lost the right-front upright. Once we got Bryan up front we thought we had an opportunity to get a good finish and gain some points in the championship. We definitely had a better race car, and it's a step in the right direction, but we're obviously disappointed."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Bryan Herta , Sam Hornish Jr.