Bryan Herta

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Bryan Herta
Bryan Herta 2004 Indianapolis 500 Third Qual Day.JPG
Bryan Herta at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2004.
Nationality American
Born (1970-05-23) May 23, 1970 (age 44)
Warren, Michigan
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active 2003–2006
Teams Andretti Green Racing
Starts 58
Wins 2
Poles 3
Best champ.
finish
8th in 2005
Bryan Herta
CART Championship Car
Years active 1994–2001, 2003
Teams A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Chip Ganassi Racing
Team Rahal
Walker Racing
Mo Nunn Racing
Zakspeed/Forsythe Racing
PK Racing
Starts 121
Wins 2
Poles 7
Best champ.
finish
8th in 1996 & 1998
Previous series
2005–2006
1992–1993
1990–1991
A1 Grand Prix
Indy Lights
Barber Saab Pro Series
Championship titles
1993
1991
Indy Lights champion
Barber Saab Pro Series champion

Bryan John Herta (born May 23, 1970, in Warren, Michigan) is an American race car driver. He currently runs his own team, Bryan Herta Autosport in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. His team won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon.

Racing career[edit]

CART/Champ Cars/IndyCars[edit]

Herta enjoyed considerable success in the lower formulae, winning the Barber Formula Ford and Barber Saab Pro Series, and dominating the 1993 Indy Lights championship with Tasman Motorsports.

He graduated to IndyCar racing in 1994 with team owner A. J. Foyt, where he had several promising races before suffering a season-ending injury at Toronto.

In 1995, Herta was hired to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing. Despite a pole at Phoenix, the association was unsuccessful, with Herta managing only a 20th place in the series standings while his teammate Jimmy Vasser finished 8th. Even so, Herta landed a top ride with Team Rahal for the 1996 season.

During the next few years, Herta developed a reputation for his prowess on road courses, especially at Laguna Seca Raceway. In 1996, he was the leader until the last lap, when Alex Zanardi made the spectacular pass through the "Corkscrew" chicane and took the victory. Herta, who rarely qualified below the first row at Laguna Seca, finally won two events on the twisty road course in 1998 and 1999. At the height of Herta's career, fan interest in the Shell-sponsored driver was dubbed by team owner David Letterman as "Hertamania."

Bryan Herta's #77 Forsythe Championship Racing car in 2001

In the opening laps of the 1998 event at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America circuit, Herta was involved in one of the scariest incidents in the history of North American motor racing. In the 4-mile (6.4 km) road course's fifth turn, Herta got too close to the back of the car of co-owner Rahal, and spun out into a paved runoff area, facing oncoming traffic. A few seconds later, an ESPN camera that had zoomed in on Herta's head pulled back when Herta clenched his fists and put them against the sides of his head. As course workers scattered, Alex Barron slid into the front of Herta's car and rode up on top of it. Both drivers were okay. Herta reported that Barron's car had actually hit his hands, only inches from his face.

From 2000 to 2003, Herta drove for a variety of Champ Car teams including Forsythe Championship Racing, Mo Nunn Racing, and PK Racing, but never quite regained his form from the late 1990s. In 2002 Herta drove an F1 car for the first time, piloting a Minardi at the "Thunder in the Park" event held at Donington Park. This led to speculation that he would test and even race for Minardi in F1, however this never happened.

IRL IndyCar Series[edit]

After dabbling in sports cars, he revitalized his open-wheel racing career by substituting for an injured Dario Franchitti halfway through the 2003 IRL season.

In just his third IRL start, Herta picked up his first IndyCar Series win at Kansas Speedway for Andretti Green Racing. He was retained in an expanded four-car squad in 2004, usually running development engines. On July 31, 2005, Herta took his second IndyCar Series win, defeating AGR teammate Dan Wheldon in a close finish in the Firestone Indy 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.

In early 2006, he drove at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Fundidora Park for A1 Team USA in the A1 Grand Prix series before returning to Andretti Green for the IRL season.

As of 2006, Herta has started in the Indianapolis 500 five times (1994–1995, 2004–2006) with three top ten finishes, including a best of 3rd in 2005. Bryan has his helmets painted by AliveDesignCo.com

Sports cars[edit]

On October 31, 2006, Herta was confirmed as a driver for Andretti Green Racing's new Acura Le Mans prototype program for the 2007 American Le Mans Series season. He shared the car with Marino Franchitti, brother of his former teammate Dario Franchitti. On January 3, 2007, it was announced that Dario would also drive a limited ALMS programme with both Marino and Herta. Herta finished the season 7th in driver points with 1 class win. He also drove for A1 Team USA. At the event in Australia, Herta scored a 10th-place finish.

After racing[edit]

Since retiring from racing, Herta served as a driver coach for Vision Racing and founded a Firestone Indy Lights Series team named Bryan Herta Autosport, which has a technical alliance with Vision Racing's Indy Lights team. In 2009, the team fielded a full-time entry for Daniel Herrington. The team campaigned Sebastian Saavedra for eleven races of the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season and the Indianapolis 500. In 2011 the team fielded a car for Dan Wheldon in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 which resulted in a stunning victory, and a full-time entry in Indy Lights for Duarte Ferreira.

For the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, Alex Tagliani will defend the team's Indianapolis 500 championship. The team switched to a Honda powered DW12 in May 2012 for the remainder of the season.

Career racing results[edit]

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key)

CART results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
1994 Foyt Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
9
United States
MIL
10
United States
DET
9
United States
POR
Ret
United States
CLE
13
Canada
TOR
DNS
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
ROA
United States
NZR
United States
LS
23rd 11
1995 Ganassi United States
MIA
10
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
Ret
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
NZR
Ret
United States
INDY
13
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
Ret
United States
ROA
14
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
CLE
2
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
5
United States
NHM
19
Canada
VAN
16
United States
LS
Ret
20th 30
1996 Rahal United States
MIA
10
Brazil
RIO
13
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
LBH
12
United States
NZR
11
United States
500
Ret
United States
MIL
14
United States
DET
13
United States
POR
Ret
United States
CLE
5
Canada
TOR
6
United States
MIS
2
United States
MDO
4
United States
ROA
5
Canada
VAN
6
United States
LS
2
8th 86
1997 Rahal United States
MIA
10
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
LBH
6
United States
NZR
7
Brazil
RIO
6
United States
STL
Ret
United States
MIL
15
United States
DET
7
United States
POR
21
United States
CLE
3
Canada
TOR
17
United States
MIS
5
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
8
United States
LS
6
United States
FON
Ret
11th 72
1998 Rahal United States
MIA
8
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
LBH
3
United States
NZR
8
Brazil
RIO
4
United States
STL
Ret
United States
MIL
11
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
3
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
5
United States
MIS
10
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
1*
United States
HOU
8
Australia
SRF
10
United States
FON
Ret
8th 97
1999 Rahal United States
MIA
10
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
LBH
3
United States
NZR
Ret
Brazil
RIO
13
United States
STL
Ret
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
POR
6
United States
CLE
6
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
TOR
15
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
DET
9
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
CHI
8
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
1*
United States
HOU
5
Australia
SRF
4
United States
FON
14
12th 84
2000 Walker United States
MIA
United States
LBH
5
Brazil
RIO
Ret
Japan
MOT
United States
NZR
United States
MIL
United States
DET
                          18th 26
Mo Nunn               United States
POR
16
United States
CLE
9
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIS
United States
CHI
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
         
Forsythe                               United States
LS
4
United States
STL
United States
HOU
Australia
SRF
United States
FON
2001 Forsythe Mexico
MTY
16
United States
LBH
10
United States
TXS
NH
United States
NZR
Ret
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
14
United States
CLE
3
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIS
5
United States
CHI
21
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
17
Germany
LAU
Ret
United Kingdom
ROC
15
United States
HOU
13
United States
LS
12
Australia
SRF
18
United States
FON
Ret
22nd 28
2003 PK Racing United States
STP
Mexico
MTY
United States
LBH
United Kingdom
BRH
Germany
LAU
United States
MIL
United States
LS
11
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
Canada
VAN
United States
ROA
United States
MDO
Canada
MTL
United States
DEN
United States
MIA
Mexico
MXC
Australia
SRF
United States
FON
NH
25th 2

CART career summary[edit]

Year Team Wins Points Championship Finish
1994 A.J. Foyt Enterprises 0 11 23rd
1995 Chip Ganassi Racing 0 30 20th
1996 Team Rahal 0 86 8th
1997 Team Rahal 0 72 11th
1998 Team Rahal 1 97 8th
1999 Team Rahal 1 84 12th
2000 Forsythe/Walker/Mo Nunn 0 26 18th
2001 Forsythe Championship Racing 0 28 22nd
2003 PK Racing 0 2 25th

2 wins, Best championship result: 8th

IndyCar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2003 Andretti Green United States
HMS
United States
PHX
Japan
MOT
United States
INDY
Inj
United States
TXS
5
United States
PPIR
United States
RIR
14
United States
KAN
1
United States
NSH
12
United States
MIS
19
United States
STL
21
United States
KTY
3
United States
NZR
3
United States
CHI
3
United States
FON
22
United States
TX2
5
13th 227
2004 Andretti Green United States
HMS
13
United States
PHX
7
Japan
MOT
14
United States
INDY
4
United States
TXS
19
United States
RIR
4
United States
KAN
5
United States
NSH
18
United States
MIL
9
United States
MIS
6
United States
KTY
9
United States
PPIR
9
United States
NZR
8
United States
CHI
2
United States
FON
17
United States
TX2
16
9th 362
2005 Andretti Green United States
HMS
14
United States
PHX
7
United States
STP
4
Japan
MOT
5
United States
INDY
3
United States
TXS
10
United States
RIR
8
United States
KAN
15
United States
NSH
22
United States
MIL
6
United States
MIS
1
United States
KTY
19
United States
PPIR
12
United States
SNM
13
United States
CHI
14
United States
WGL
8
United States
FON
11
8th 397
2006 Andretti Green United States
HMS
13
United States
STP
4
Japan
MOT
6
United States
INDY
20
United States
WGL
13
United States
TXS
11
United States
RIR
6
United States
KAN
13
United States
NSH
11
United States
MIL
7
United States
MIS
11
United States
KTY
10
United States
SNM
10
United States
CHI
15
11th 289

IndyCar career summary[edit]

Year Team Wins Points Championship Finish
2003 Andretti Green Racing 1 277 13th
2004 Andretti Green Racing 0 362 9th
2005 Andretti Green Racing 1 397 8th
2006 Andretti Green Racing 0 289 11th

2 wins, best championship result: 8th

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1994 Lola Ford-Cosworth 22nd 9th Foyt
1995 Reynard Ford-Cosworth 33rd 13th Ganassi
2003 Dallara Honda Injured Andretti Green
2004 Dallara Honda 23rd 4th Andretti Green
2005 Dallara Honda 18th 3rd Andretti Green
2006 Dallara Honda 16th 20th Andretti Green

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2002 Panoz Motor Sports LMP900 Panoz LMP01 Evo Élan 6L8 6.0L V8 M SEB
ovr:8
cls:7
SON
ovr:3
cls:3
MID
ovr:4
cls:4
AME
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
WAS
ovr:6
cls:6
TRO
ovr:4
cls:4
MOS
ovr:5
cls:5
MON
ovr:6
cls:6
MIA
ovr:11
cls:8
PET
ovr:5
cls:5
10th 153
2003 Team Nasamax LMP900 Reynard 01Q Cosworth XDE 2.6L Turbo V8
(Bio-ethanol)
G SEB
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
ATL SON TRO MOS AME MON MIA PET NC 0
2007 Andretti Green Racing LMP2 Acura ARX-01a Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB
ovr:2
cls:1
STP
ovr:21
cls:7
LNB
ovr:6
cls:6
TEX
ovr:2
cls:2
UTA
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
LIM
ovr:7
cls:6
MID
ovr:10
cls:7
AME
ovr:9
cls:7
MOS
ovr:5
cls:3
DET
ovr:19
cls:8
PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON
ovr:6
cls:4
13th 98
2008 Andretti Green Racing LMP2 Acura ARX-01b Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB
ovr:18
cls:6
STP
ovr:6
cls:5
LNB
ovr:6
cls:4
UTA
ovr:8
cls:7
LIM MID AME MOS DET PET MON 24th 38

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2002 United States Panoz Motor Sports Australia David Brabham
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Panoz LMP01 Evo LMP900 90 DNF DNF

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 USA GBR
SPR

GBR
FEA

GER
SPR

GER
FEA

POR
SPR

POR
FEA

AUS
SPR

15
AUS
FEA

10
MYS
SPR

10
MYS
FEA

7
UAE
SPR

UAE
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

MEX
SPR

6
MEX
FEA

13
USA
SPR

9
USA
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

16th 23

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rob Wilson
Barber Saab Pro Series Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Robert Amren
Preceded by
Robbie Buhl
Indy Lights Champion
1993
Succeeded by
Steve Robertson