Gearbox Problems Hamper XM Satellite Radio Machine at Texas FORTH WORTH, Texas (Oct. 17, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta suffered a gearbox failure, but managed to stay on the track before finishing 16th at the Texas 500. Herta,...
Gearbox Problems Hamper XM Satellite Radio Machine at Texas
FORTH WORTH, Texas (Oct. 17, 2004) - XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta suffered a gearbox failure, but managed to stay on the track before finishing 16th at the Texas 500.
Herta, who pilots the #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone, began the day from the outside of row three (sixth) and came in for a routine pit stop on lap 58. As he was starting to exit the pits, the car stalled. The XM Satellite Radio crew restarted the car, Herta left the pit lane, but immediately realized his gearbox was broken. Having only fifth and sixth gears, Herta stayed on the track for more than 20 laps before pitting and changing out the gearbox.
Once back on track and several laps down, Herta went back to work to attempt to maintain his standing in the points championship. With the new gearbox in place, the XM Satellite Radio car turned the fastest lap of the day and Herta gained several spots by staying in the race.
Herta finished ninth in the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series points championship with 362 points. He was one of four Andretti Green Racing drivers to finish in the top nine in points.
Helio Castroneves won his first race of the year at Texas, followed by Honda-powered machines driven by Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon, Vitor Meira, and Adrian Fernandez, respectively.
The Texas 500 was the final event of the 2004 IndyCar Series season. The 2005 season begins March 6, 2005, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.
Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We haven't had very good luck with our gearboxes this year. Unfortunately, the IRL races are so close that you can't have things like that happen. The XM Satellite Radio car was very good today, but it didn't matter. Andretti Green Racing had a great year, having four of the top-nine guys in the points championship, and we'll be ready in 2005."
George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We set the fastest lap of the race and we showed what we had. We killed the gearbox on the first pit stop and it cost us multiple laps again. We just tried to get back out there and keep our spot in the points championship and finished ninth. I really want to thank Bryan, XM Satellite Radio, Honda, and the whole crew. It was a fantastic season for Andretti Green Racing."