IRL: Richmond: Andretti Green Racing Friday report

RICHMOND, Va. (June 24, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the ...

RICHMOND, Va. (June 24, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, qualified sixth for Saturday's running of the SunTrust Indy Challenge with a best-lap speed of 173.457 miles per hour (15.5658 seconds).

Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"It was an interesting qualifying session and we were hoping for a little more out of the XM Satellite Radio car today. I had to make a lot of adjustments during the run and actually got loose on the first lap, and I think it hurt my speed on both laps. This race is very important to me because this is one of the tracks that I enjoy the most and you always want to do well on your favorite tracks, so I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow."

Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan fell victim to a loose car, resulting in a half-spin and light contact with the Turn 2 wall during qualifying at the 0.75-mile Richmond International Raceway, and will start from the 22nd position for Saturday night's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series SunTrust Indy Challenge.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"The car was very loose and it jumped out on me. There was nothing I could do to catch it. That's too bad, but we've been clean in qualifying for two-and-a-half years now, so I guess this was bound to happen sooner or later. We'll just start the Team 7-Eleven car at the back of the field and put on a good show for the crowd. We've been there before and shown that we can find our way to the front."

Dario Franchitti recorded a lap of 173.760 miles per hour (15.5387 seconds) in the #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone during qualifying at the 0.75-mile Richmond International Raceway and will start from the fifth position for Saturday night's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series SunTrust Indy Challenge.

Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We only had a one-lap qualifying run with everybody pulling out of line. I probably could have gotten a little more out of the car in Turn 1, but Turn 3 was at the limit. The ArcaEx car is pretty good in race trim and we're starting near the front so we'll see what happens tomorrow."

Dan Wheldon, driver of the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam car, qualified seventh for Saturday's running of the SunTrust Indy Challenge with a best-lap speed of 173.068 miles per hour (15.6008 seconds).

Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We were a little bit behind because the other engine manufacturer had a test here recently and obviously they are very quick. It was a little difficult in qualifying, but the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car was pretty good. I thought I got a lot out of the car, but we've still got some ground to make up on the guys in the front. We're going to combine our efforts with the other guys at Andretti Green Racing and try to catch those guys. Richmond is always an exciting race so we're going to have to make our way through the field pretty quickly."

The 250-lap race, the seventh race on the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series schedule, goes green at 7:45 p.m. (EDT) with ESPN2 providing live coverage of the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. (EDT).

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