IRL: Nazareth: AGR/Herta race report

Fuel mileage propels Archipelago/Motorola Car to a third-place finish at Nazareth Speedway. NAZARETH, Pa. (August 24, 2003) -- In team owner Michael Andretti's backyard, Bryan Herta brought the ...

Fuel mileage propels Archipelago/Motorola Car to a third-place finish at Nazareth Speedway.

NAZARETH, Pa. (August 24, 2003) -- In team owner Michael Andretti's backyard, Bryan Herta brought the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara Honda Firestone home in third place at Nazareth Speedway.

After starting the race from the fifth position, Herta lost three spots at the start of the race, but got two of them back during the first pit stop. Quick work by the Archipelago/Motorola crew on the second stop on lap 123 allowed Herta to pick up a position on pit lane while taking on enough fuel to finish the race. One lap after the restart on Lap 134, Herta passed Gil de Ferran for the fourth spot.

Things were looking good for the team as it appeared the three cars ahead of Herta would have to pit again before the finish, while Herta would be able to stay out. However, two late-race cautions ended Herta's bid for his second Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series victory by allowing Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. to conserve fuel and finish the race without a third pit stop.

Castroneves went on to win the event -- his second victory in the past three races and was followed by Hornish. Herta's teammate Dan Wheldon finished seventh to record his third top-10 in a row. Tony Kanaan, who came into the race leading the points chase, was involved in an accident with Tomas Scheckter on lap 120 and finished 18th.

Kanaan's misfortune dropped him from the #1 spot in the series point standings -- a ranking he has enjoyed for nine of the 13 weeks this season. He now ranks third and trails new leader Castroneves by 34 points (429-397). Gil de Ferran sits second with 404 points, while Scott Dixon stands fourth with 387. Hornish remains in the fifth spot, totaling 348 points.

The IRL IndyCar Series gets back into action two weeks from today at Chicagoland Speedway.

Bryan Herta, #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"That was a good run for us.  We didn't have the same speed the top two guys had, but we still
got a great result today for Archipelago and Motorola.  This team keeps getting close and pretty soon
we're going to win another one.  We struggled all weekend to get our setup exactly right and this is the
best it's been.  The Archipelago/Motorola guys did a great job."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"We almost had another win today. We know we could have made it to the end without stopping because Bryan was doing such a good job saving fuel. I don't think the other guys could have finished without stopping or help from yellow flags. The guys did a great job today and all weekend. We really didn't have a great car, but everyone stuck together and we got another good finish."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Sam Hornish Jr.