IRL: Texas II: Honda Racing Friday report

Brack and Herta head Honda qualifiers Kenny Brack and Bryan Herta led the Honda-powered field in qualifying Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday's season-ending IndyCar Series event. Brack will start from the inside ...

Brack and Herta head Honda qualifiers

Kenny Brack and Bryan Herta led the Honda-powered field in qualifying Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday's season-ending IndyCar Series event. Brack will start from the inside of the fourth row for Team Rahal, with Andretti Green Racing's Herta alongside in eighth place.

Tony Kanaan will start ninth as he attempts to win his first Indy Racing League drivers' championship. The Brazilian is locked in a tight points battle with second-starting Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves, who will line up fifth on the starting grid. Castroneves and Dixon are currently tied for the championship lead, with 467 points each, with Kanaan third at 460 points.

Sam Hornish Jr., who qualified 12th and is fourth in the standings with 448 points, and pole qualifier Gil de Ferran, currently ranked fifth with 437 points, also have outside shots at the championship, as 50 points will be awarded for the race win.

The battle for IRL Rookie of the Year is also going to be contested between two Honda-powered drivers in Sunday's 200-lap race. Roger Yasukawa leads the chase with 281 points and will start on the inside of the eighth row, with rookie rival Dan Wheldon right alongside on the starting grid and just four points back (277) in the rookie standings.

Kenny Brack (#15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Team Rahal Honda) qualified 7th:

"We didn't know what to expect since we were the second car out for qualifying. It felt pretty good but there were other guys who we knew would go faster. Starting near the front of the field is really all you want for here at Texas. Everyone drafts so much that you want to be in the lead pack. We worked a lot on our race setup today. You have to be able to run in close quarters during the race. We won't race in this kind of air temperature, so getting things set for Sunday was our goal from the start. I'm sure it will be a wild race on Sunday. The races are always crazy here."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Sam Hornish Jr.