IRL: Phoenix: Andretti Green Racing Friday report

Herta Qualifies On The Pole For XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 18, 2005) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta posted a best lap of 176.612 miles per hour (20.3837 seconds) to win the pole position for Saturday's running of...

Herta Qualifies On The Pole For XM Satellite Radio Indy 200

AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 18, 2005) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta posted a best lap of 176.612 miles per hour (20.3837 seconds) to win the pole position for Saturday's running of the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200. Herta turned the speed on his second qualifying lap to claim the first pole of his Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series career in his 29th series start.

The 200-lap event at Phoenix International Raceway is set to go green tomorrow at 3:10 p.m. (EST) with ABC Sports providing live coverage beginning at 3 p.m. (EST). The XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 is the second of 17 races on the 2005 IndyCar Series schedule.

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

"I'm really happy with the time we put up. This run is really for the guys on the XM Satellite Radio crew because we had a huge crash with this car two weeks ago at Homestead and they worked their tails off to put it back together. The car is running really well now and they did a great job. This is the fastest that we've run, so I'm happy with it."

Wheldon Qualifies Second In Klein Tools/Jim Beam Car At Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 18, 2005) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon recorded a best lap of 176.475 miles per hour (20.3995 seconds) around Phoenix International Raceway to capture the second starting position for Saturday's running of the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200.

The second race of the 2005 Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series season is set to begin at 3:10 p.m. (EST) with ABC Sports providing live broadcast coverage of the event beginning at 3 p.m. (EST).

Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"The Klein Tools/Jim Beam car is very strong.  We put up a very good time and had a
great open test here, so I'm looking forward to the race.  We're all very competitive and have
different strategies, but that will make it fun for the race, for sure.  We're all really happy for
Bryan (Herta).  He does a lot of hard work for us and no one deserves the pole more."

Franchitti Qualifies Fifth in ArcaEx Car at PIR

AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 18, 2005) - Dario Franchitti recorded a lap of 175.801 miles per hour (20.4777 seconds) in the #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone during qualifying today at the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway, which earned him the fifth starting position for Saturday's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series XM Satellite Radio Indy 200.

The second event of the 2005 IndyCar Series season is set to go green at 3:10 p.m. (EST) Saturday with ABC Sports providing live broadcast coverage of the 200-lap event beginning at 3 p.m. (EST).

Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"The balance of the ArcaEx car was very good but it just wasn't as fast as I would have liked. We broke a gearbox during the practice session and I don't know if there was something lingering from that, but the car just wasn't quite the same as it was during the practice sessions. I'm frustrated that we didn't go faster because the car was very balanced but we'll be ready to race."

Mechanical Problem Forces Kanaan to Start 21st In XM Satellite Radio Indy 200

AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 18, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan suffered an overheating issue which resulted in a precautionary engine change during practice Friday at Phoenix International Raceway and will start from the 21st position for Saturday's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series XM Satellite Radio Indy 200. Kanaan's starting position is based on his speed from the practice sessions, which saw him turn only 37 laps.

The second event of the 2005 IndyCar Series season is set to go green at 3:10 p.m. (EST) Saturday with ABC Sports providing live broadcast coverage of the 200-lap event beginning at 3 p.m. (EST).

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"Obviously I'm very disappointed to be starting the race from the back of the grid, but I am very happy that Bryan Herta and Dan Wheldon are starting from the front row. I've always said that I'm happy if the team does well, and today that is the case. Team 7-Eleven had an issue with overheating during this morning's practice session and we changed the engine as a precaution. We have enjoyed a lot of success at PIR and Andretti Green Racing had a very successful test here last month. Hopefully we have all our gremlins behind us because we can win the race from the back of the pack."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam