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Herta Qualifies Sixth in Practice After Rain Cancels Qualifying at Pikes Peak FOUNTAIN, Colo. (August 21, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta posted a best lap of 172.308 miles per hour in practice today to secure the sixth spot for...

Herta Qualifies Sixth in Practice After Rain Cancels Qualifying at Pikes Peak

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (August 21, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta posted a best lap of 172.308 miles per hour in practice today to secure the sixth spot for tomorrow's running of the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Rain forced the cancellation of afternoon qualifying at the one-mile oval.

Herta, who heads into tomorrow's 225-lap event ranked eighth in the Indy Racing League® (IRL) IndyCar® Series standings, was one of four Andretti Green Racing drivers to place in the top-six positions. The #11 Team 7-Eleven car driven by Tony Kanaan grabbed the pole position with a fast lap of 174.311 miles per hour, followed by the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Bean machine driven by Dan Wheldon who came in at 173.586 miles per hour.

Herta scored his eighth top-10 starting position of the 2004 IndyCar Series season, including his fourth top-10 in a row. He will be joined in the top-six by Vitor Meira, who starts third with a lap of 173.149 miles per hour. ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti will be starting fourth with a top speed of 172.196 miles per hour. Helio Castroneves will round out the top-five with a lap of 172.395 miles per hour.

Kanaan's run gave Andretti Green Racing its fifth pole of the 2004 season and eighth pole since joining the IRL in 2003. Kanaan has five of those poles, Dan Wheldon has two and Dario Franchitti one. The team has won six of the 11 races run this season.

The Honda Indy 225 - the 12th race of the 2004 IndyCar Series season - is set to go green Sunday at 3:45 (EDT) with ABC Sports providing live coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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

"I would have liked to have qualified because we ran our fast time in practice with half-tanks and we hadn't trimmed all the way out. There was still a little more left in the car, but that's the way it goes. We're still right up there within striking distance and I feel good about the XM Satellite Radio car for tomorrow."

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

"I'm looking forward to tomorrow because I think we've got a good car in the XM Satellite Radio car. We were pretty quick today and never really got a chance to show everything we had, so I feel good about our chances. Bryan has done a great job this year and I really feel like we're due to break out one of these days."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Vitor Meira