IRL: Texas: AGR/Herta race report

Herta finishes 5th in Indy Racing League debut FT. WORTH, Texas (June 7, 2003) -- Bryan Herta, behind the wheel of the ...

Herta finishes 5th in Indy Racing League debut

FT. WORTH, Texas (June 7, 2003) -- Bryan Herta, behind the wheel of the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone, drove to a fifth-place finish tonight in his Indy Racing League IndyCar Series debut. Herta stayed near the top-ten all night and after the final pit stop, worked his way into the top-five.

Herta, who started ninth in the 22-car field, went for a wild ride with ten laps to go, after Scott Sharp and Felipe Giaffone got together. Herta momentarily lost control of the car after almost being collected by the accident and then made a great save, losing only one position. The Archipelago/Motorola crew did an outstanding job in the pits all night, completing three flawless pit stops.

Al Unser Jr. claimed the victory at the Bombardier 500k after a final lap duel with Herta's teammate, Tony Kanaan. Kanaan came home in second and leaves Texas with the IRL IndyCar Series points lead still in-hand. Tora Takagi finished third, Kenny Brack finished fourth and Herta's other teammate, Dan Wheldon, finished 20th with a mechanical problem..

The IRL IndyCar Series season moves to Pikes Peak International Raceway on Sunday June 15 for Round 6 of the 2003 championship.

Bryan Herta, #27 Archipelago/Motorola:

"Our run was good today, I'm the fifth happiest guy tonight. The side-by-side racing is exciting to watch and exciting to drive and I saw some of the best racing I've seen and some of the stupidest moves I've seen. I'm thankful to the Archipelago/Motorola team for the opportunity and I'm glad I was able to get a good finish for them."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"Bryan has done a really good job for us. We just wanted to have a solid run and Bryan kept fighting and got a top-five finish. I think we were capable of running with the leaders we just got shuffled when we lost the draft. He had a great save near the end of the race and I think if it would have stayed green we might have finished even higher."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon