IndyCar > 2005 Round 11: Michigan > Race Results
INDYU.S.A.July 30, 2005
IRL IndyCar Series
Round 11: Michigan International Speedway Qualifying
Herta Claims Pole at Michigan Race Results >>

Bryan Herta, Honda’s top qualifier in the 2005 IndyCar Series, claimed his third pole of the season Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in qualifying for Sunday’s Firestone Indy 400. Herta, who was born in nearby Warren, Michigan, was also fastest qualifier at Phoenix, a “short oval” and at the St. Petersburg, Florida, temporary street circuit.

Herta’s pole run comes 10 years to the weekend from Honda’s first pole in major North American openwheel competition. On July 29, 1995, Parker Johnstone qualified on the pole for Honda and Comptech Racing, also here at Michigan Speedway. Since that date, Honda-powered drivers have qualified on the pole a total of 85 times in both Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) and Indy Racing League (IRL) competition.

Today, third-fastest Buddy Rice and Scott Sharp in fifth made it three Honda drivers in the top five starting positions. Dario Franchitti qualified seventh, followed by rookie points leader Danica Patrick in eighth and teammate Vitor Meira ninth. Dan Wheldon and Super Aguri Fernandez Racing’s Kosuke Matsuura rounded out the top 12.

Tony Kanaan rounded out the four-car Andretti Green Racing effort in 14th, while Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Roger Yasukawa was once again the fastest qualifier from a single-car team and will start 18th. Sunday’s 200-lap race starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live coverage on ABC.

Bryan Herta (#7 XM Radio Andretti Green Racing Honda) pole qualifier, third pole this year (also pole qualifier at Phoenix and St. Petersburg), fifth Honda pole of 2005:
" It’s great to have a guy from Michigan on the pole – since I’m the only driver here from Michigan! In all honesty, this is such a big, wide, fast track that qualifying isn’t all that important. This track has a lot of different [racing] grooves, it’s a long race [400 miles] and the race setup is very different from what we run in qualifying. Still, it’s better to start up front than not, and it’s a nice feeling that I’ll take away with me tonight."


IRL IndyCar Series
Round 11: Michigan International Speedway Qualifying
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1 Bryan Herta (Andretti Green Racing)
2 Tomas Scheckter (Panther Racing )
3 Buddy Rice (Rahal Letterman Racing)
4 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
5 Scott Sharp (Delphi Fernandez Racing)
6 Buddy Lazier (Panther Racing)
7 Dario Franchitti (Andretti Green Racing)
8 Danica Patrick (Rahal Letterman Racing)
9 Vitor Meira (Rahal Letterman Racing)
10 Townsend Bell (Panther Racing)
11 Dan Wheldon (Andretti Green Racing)
12 Kosuke Matsuura (Super Aguri Fernandez Racing)
13 Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Team Penske)
14 Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green Racing)
15 Jaques Lazier (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
16 Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Team Penske)
17 Ryan Briscoe (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
18 Roger Yasukawa (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
19 Patrick Carpentier (Red Bull Cheever Racing)
20 Alex Barron (Red Bull Cheever Racing)
21 Jimmy Kite (Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing)
22 A.J. Foyt IV (A.J. Foyt Enterprises)
23 Ed Carpenter (Vision Racing)
 

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