Herta Hustles To Pole
March 18, 2005 | 4:53 P.M. EST
"I'm really happy with the time we put up," said Herta. "This run is really for the guys on the XM Satellite Radio crew, because we had a huge crash with this car two weeks ago at Homestead, and they worked their tails off to put it back together. The car is running really well now, and they did a great job. This is fastest that we've run, so I'm happy with it."
Herta lapped the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway oval in 20.3837 seconds, 176.612 mph in the No. 7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara-Honda. It was the first pole position for Herta since he won from the pole at Laguna Seca Raceway in 1999 while competing in CART.
Herta's Andretti Green Racing teammate Dan Wheldon qualified second in the No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara-Honda entry. It was the fourth time AGR teammates have shared the front row.
Patrick Carpentier, Tony Kanaan and Paul Dana did not make qualifying attempts. Carpentier and Dana were involved in practice accidents. Kanaan's team changed engines.
Saturday's XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 will take the green flag live on ABC at 3 p.m. (ET).