FORT WORTH, Texas (June 11, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the ...
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 11, 2005) - Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, picked his way through the field early, but began having handling issues after the first quarter of the Bombardier Learjet 500 and ended the night with a 10th place finish.
During caution laps between lap 60 and lap 70, the XM Satellite Radio crew had Herta bring the car into the pit area on three occasions in an attempt to solve the handling issue. When the race resumed, Herta still wrestled with the loose condition, but managed to work his way to the front through the middle stages of the event and took over the lead of the race when the leaders began to make pit stops.
With less than 20 laps remaining, Herta brought the car in for a final stop under green-flag conditions. The XM Satellite Radio crew decided to go with fuel only and sent Herta out in seventh place. As the race drew to a close, the pack closed on Herta and he again faced handling issues before finishing 10th.
Tomas Scheckter won his first race of the year, followed by Sam Hornish ToJr. Herta's AGR teammate ny Kanaan finished third. Scott Sharp and ToHelio Castroneves rounded out the top five.
The IndyCar Series season resumes Saturday, June 25, at Richmond International Raceway. Live coverage of the SunTrust Indy Challenge will begin at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2. It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers on Extreme XM, channel 152.
Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"The XM Satellite Radio car struggled in traffic. It seemed like when the sun went down, the car got really loose and we couldn't run in traffic. They have us race at night, but they don't let us practice at night, so you never know what's going to happen, and that doesn't make a lot of sense. If we're going to race at night, we ought to practice at night, too."
George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We're disappointed with the way we finished. The car was good in the beginning of the race. Then sometime in the middle, the car was just no good in traffic. We were good by ourselves, but not in traffic. Coming from where we were, 10th is okay, but we were obviously looking for better. In the end, we got around other cars and couldn't handle in traffic. We were fine with one car, but not with a group."