XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta Qualifies Ninth at Phoenix AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 20, 2004) -.XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta earned the ninth starting position for tomorrow's Indy Racing LeagueÂ® IndyCarÂ® Series Copper World Indy...
XM Satellite Radio Driver Bryan Herta Qualifies Ninth at Phoenix
AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 20, 2004) -.XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta earned the ninth starting position for tomorrow's Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Copper World Indy 200 with a lap of 172.062 miles per hour around Phoenix International Raceway.
Herta was only allowed one qualifying lap after his car was held up in pre- qualifying technical inspection. Despite the shortened run, Herta and the XM Satellite Radio team persevered and were able to earn a top-10 starting position.
Herta's Andretti Green Racing teammate, Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon earned his first career pole position with a lap at 174.779 miles per hour and will be joined on the front row by Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan who qualified second. It marks the second time that Andretti Green Racing has started 1-2; the other time was at Homestead in 2003. Dario Franchitti will roll off the grid from the seventh position in the Archipelago Exchange entry.
The Copper World Indy 200, Round 2 of the IndyCar Series schedule, will start just after 4 p.m. (EST) tomorrow. The 200-mile event will air live on ABC Sports.
Bryan Herta, Driver, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm really happy for Dan to get his first pole position, I got my first pole here in 1995, so I know what that feels like. We just didn't have the car to get the pole today, we just needed a little bit more balance. We gambled on the setup a little bit and it just didn't work out. The XM Satellite Radio team has been working on our race setup so I think we'll be good tomorrow."
George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We got a little hung up in pre-qualifying tech and had to adjust something that had been fine all weekend. I guess that's the way it goes. We feel we could have done better but that is all we had today. We've worked on our race setup and we feel that we have a good car for tomorrow."