IRL: Richmond: AGR/Herta Friday report

Bryan Herta to start ninth at Richmond RICHMOND, Va. (June 27, 2003) -- Bryan Herta will officially take over the reigns of the ...

Bryan Herta to start ninth at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (June 27, 2003) -- Bryan Herta will officially take over the reigns of the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night and he'll do it from the inside of the fifth row. Herta qualified ninth for the Suntrust Indy Challenge with a lap of 165.408 miles per hour.

Herta worked on his race setup throughout the two afternoon practice sessions, running more than 100 laps around the three-quarter mile track. The Michigan native was named to drive the Archipelago/Motorola machine this week after Dario Franchitti announced he would undergo back surgery this summer. Herta rejoins Andretti Green Racing after finishing fifth at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month.

Scott Dixon won the "MBNA Pole Award" with a speed of 168.138 miles per hour. Sarah Fisher will start second after posting lap of 167.004 miles per hour. Tora Takagi will line up third on the grid after a lap of 166.724 miles per hour. Wheldon's teammate Tony Kanaan will start from the fifth position. Kanaan circled the tri-oval at a speed of 166.137 miles per hour. Bryan Herta will start 9th after posting a qualifying speed of 165.408 miles per hour.

The Suntrust Indy Challenge will go green at 8:06 p.m. EDT and will be shown live on ESPN.

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

"I kind of feel like a rookie in a lot of ways this weekend. I don't know what to expect. We've been working on race setup through practice and we threw Tony Kanaan's qualifying setup on the Archipelago/Motorola car and it was pretty good. I'm pretty mad at myself because I left a little bit on the table. Andretti Green Racing has great chemistry, everybody works together and everyone is pulling together and I think that is showing on the race track."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"We worked a lot on the race setup of the car so we didn't give Bryan a chance to get a feel for the qualifying pace and it's pretty impressive to see the time he posted. To come into a track like this and jump into the car and go quick is amazing. Richmond is not the easiest track to learn in only an hour and a half of practice."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Bryan Herta