IRL: St. Pete: Andretti Green Racing Saturday report

HERTA QUALIFIES FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT POLE IN XM SATELLITE RADIO CAR ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 2, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the ...

HERTA QUALIFIES FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT POLE IN XM SATELLITE RADIO CAR

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 2, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, qualified on the pole for the second-consecutive race. Herta will be starting from the inside of row one for Sunday's running of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the first non-oval event in Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series history. During the 10-minute, six-car shootout, Herta posted a best lap of 103.664 miles per hour (1:02.5096 sec). The 100-lap event on the streets of St. Petersburg features a 14-turn race course and is set to go green tomorrow at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) with ESPN providing live coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT). The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is the third of 17 races on the 2005 IndyCar Series schedule and can be heard live on XM Satellite Radio channel 152.

Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"For me, the six-car shootout was really exciting and it put a lot of pressure on the six of us to go out and improve our time. I made a couple of mistakes on the single-lap qualifying run, so we came back and made a couple of adjustments to the XM Satellite Radio car entering the 10-minute session. Today was about qualifying and we achieved the best we could, so now we'll worry about tomorrow."

Kanaan Earns Third Starting Position at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan recorded a lap of 102.892 mph (1:02.9789 sec.) during the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series' first-ever qualifying shootout on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn circuit through the streets of St. Petersburg and will start from the third position for Sunday's running of the IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The third event of the 2005 IndyCar Series season is set to go green at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) Sunday with ESPN providing live broadcast coverage of the 100-lap event beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"It is a good day for Team 7-Eleven. I was sixth heading into the shootout and knew that I could only improve my position, so I had nothing to lose. I thought the second lap might be my quickest, but I turned my best lap on the eighth lap. It is also a good day for Andretti Green Racing, to have Bryan (Herta) on pole and three cars in the top four. Now we can look forward to having some fun tomorrow."

Franchitti Qualifies Fourth in ArcaEx Car at St. Petersburg

Dario Franchitti recorded a lap of 102.794 miles per hour (1:03.0384 seconds) in the #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone during the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series' first-ever qualifying shootout on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn circuit through the streets of St. Petersburg, which earned him the fourth starting position for Sunday's running of the IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The third event of the 2005 IndyCar Series season is set to go green at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) Sunday with ESPN providing live broadcast coverage of the 100-lap event beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"The ArcaEx car really felt good during the regular qualifying session, but I had a feeling that I would need to go out and post a quicker run during the shootout. However, when I went out for the six- car shootout I had a pretty bad understeer. We worked to make some corrections, but unfortunately we lost enough grip to prevent me from posting a quicker lap."

Wheldon Qualifies Ninth in Klein Tools/Jim Beam Car at Honda Grand Prix

Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon qualified in the ninth position with a best lap of 101.323 miles per hour (1:03.9536 seconds) for Sunday's running of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the first non-oval race in Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series history. The 100-lap race on the 14-turn temporary street circuit is set to begin at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) with ESPN providing live broadcast coverage of the event beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I didn't get the best out of the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car in qualifying and don't think I did a particularly good job today. I think I overdrove the car a little bit. I was trying to make up a little bit for a bad first practice session. It's a shame, but it's a long race and we don't need to worry too much right now."

-AGR-

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