IRL: St. Louis: AGR/Herta race report

Herta ends up 21st after pit lane incident at Gateway Madison, Ill. (August 10, 2003) -- A pit lane incident on lap 40 forced Bryan Herta and the Archipelago/Motorola team out of today's Emerson Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway. Herta...

Herta ends up 21st after pit lane incident at Gateway

Madison, Ill. (August 10, 2003) -- A pit lane incident on lap 40 forced Bryan Herta and the Archipelago/Motorola team out of today's Emerson Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway.

Herta was running in the sixth position before the first caution of the race brought nearly every car onto pit lane. As Herta exited the pit box, he and another car made contact, forcing Herta's car into another team's pit stall. A crew member from Kelley Racing was injured in the accident and was reported to be in serious but stable condition at St. Louis University Hospital at the conclusion of Sunday's race. Herta finished 21st.

Helio Castroneves claimed his first victory of the year ahead of Herta's teammate Tony Kanaan. Kanaan's second place finish moves him back atop the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series point standings, seven points ahead of today's third place finisher Gil de Ferran. Herta's other Andretti Green Racing teammate Dan Wheldon earned his second top-five finish of the season, coming home fifth.

The IRL IndyCar Series moves to Kentucky Speedway a week from today for the Belterra Casino Indy 300. Round 12 of the 2003 championship will be shown live at 2 p.m. (EDT) on ABC Sports.

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

"Right now my thoughts are with the injured crew member Anton Julian. I want to wish him a speedy recovery."

Michael Andretti, Andretti Green Racing Owner:

"Bryan (Herta) was coming down pit lane, and he made contact with someone, and he had nowhere to go. He went into another team's pit box, and he's very shaken up by everything right now. Our team's thoughts and prayers are with the injured crew member. It's a bad deal. The accident was nobody's fault. It's just something that happens."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"The Archipelago/Motorola car was really good today. We didn't make any changes on it during the pit stop. Unfortunately, we had contact with the #91 car on pit lane and that put us out of the race."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon