FORT WORTH, Texas (October 10, 2003) ? Bryan Herta qualified eighth today at Texas Motor Speedway in the ...
FORT WORTH, Texas (October 10, 2003) ? Bryan Herta qualified eighth today at Texas Motor Speedway in the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone with an average speed of 221.080 miles per hour in preparation for the final Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series event of 2003.
Herta and the Archipelago/Motorola team worked on the car?s race setup during this morning's 30-minute practice session. The team then simulated qualifying runs in the second practice. Conditions changed dramatically between the afternoon practice and evening qualifying session causing nearly every car to lose speed.
Gil de Ferran took the MBNA pole in the final race of his career with a speed of 222.864 miles per hour. Scott Dixon was second quickest at 222.856 miles per hour. Tomas Scheckter will start third after qualifying at 221.960 miles per hour. Herta?s teammates Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon will start ninth and 16th, respectively. Kanaan qualified at a speed of 220.839 miles per hour, while Wheldon clocked in at 219.465 miles per hour.
Practice continues tomorrow for the season-ending race with two sessions scheduled. Sunday's green flag will fly at 3:45 p.m. EDT with live coverage on ESPN beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT.
Bryan Herta #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm pleased with the Archipelago/Motorola car. I'm not very pleased with our speed though. I thought we could run a high-221, but the conditions changed a lot from this afternoon and I guess that cost us some speed. This has been a good car for us and I'm sure it will be good in the race. Obviously we want Tony to win the championship, everyone on the team wants that and my role in that is hopefully no role at all. Hopefully we will win the race and Tony will have enough points to win the championship and then we will all be happy. There are no team orders that I need to run behind Tony, but if near the end of the race Tony needs a couple of points the team may come over the radio and talk to me about it."
Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola
"I thought we might be able to run a little bit quicker, but it seems like everybody slowed down. It seems like we have our best races when we start seventh or eighth. This morning we worked on our race setup and it seems pretty good, so that is what we?ll worry about now."