IRL: Nazareth: AGR, Herta Saturday report

Herta Qualifies Seventh at Nazareth in XM Satellite Radio Machine NAZARETH, Pa. (Aug. 28, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta posted a best lap of 165.435 miles per hour (20.3464 seconds) today to claim the seventh spot for tomorrow's...

Herta Qualifies Seventh at Nazareth in XM Satellite Radio Machine

NAZARETH, Pa. (Aug. 28, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta posted a best lap of 165.435 miles per hour (20.3464 seconds) today to claim the seventh spot for tomorrow's running of the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway.

Herta, who heads into tomorrow's event ranked ninth in the Indy Racing League® (IRL) IndyCar® Series standings with 271 points, is only 24 points out of the sixth position in the championship race. He was one of four Andretti Green Racing drivers to qualify in the top-eight positions on the day. With the seventh-place start, Herta will begin in the top 10 for the ninth time during the 2004 season.

Helio Castroneves will start from the pole with a fast lap of 167.396 miles per hour (20.1080 seconds), followed by Sam Hornish Jr. who came in at 167.100 miles per hour (20.1436 seconds). Andretti Green Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti qualified third and fourth, respectively. Kanaan registered a fast lap of 166.591 miles per hour (20.2052 seconds), with Franchitti coming in at 165.684 miles per hour (20.3158 seconds). Darren Manning qualified for the fifth position with a fast lap of 165.609 miles per hour (20.3250 seconds). Adrian Fernandez took the sixth spot at 165.566 miles per hour (20.3303 seconds), and Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon qualified eighth with a speed of 165.093 miles per hour (20.3885 seconds).

The Firestone Indy 225 - the 13th race of the 2004 IndyCar Series season - is set to go green Sunday at 2:25 (EDT) with ABC Sports providing live coverage beginning at 2 p.m.

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

"We had a little understeer in the XM Satellite Radio car and I didn't have a very good practice session this morning, but this is the quickest we've run all weekend. I've always enjoyed Nazareth and I enjoy coming here. I know I've got a good car for the race."

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

"We definitely had a good recovery from yesterday. We've got a good position to start the race with. Obviously we'd like to be a little further up, and on the outside, but we'll take what we got. It was a great recovery by the entire XM Satellite Radio team to get us where we're at now."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Helio Castroneves , Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.