Herta completes Minardi test

Former Champcar race winner Bryan Herta, currently racing for Panoz in the ALMS, became the first American driver to test a Grand Prix car since Elton Julian tested a Larrousse in 1994 at Donington on Saturday

Herta completes Minardi test

Herta had originally been scheduled to complete his test on Friday, but technical problems intervened before he could complete a full lap. He eventually completed a number of laps in a 2002 spec Minardi PS01 at, setting a fastest time of 1m19.541s.

"It went really well," said Herta. "I'm really pleased. You never know until you do something how it's going to feel. It's the not knowing that's the weirdest part about trying something new. I felt comfortable. I'm not quite on the limit yet by any means, but I'm quite happy with where I am now.

"Hopefully, it could ultimately lead to something else, but even if it doesn't I'll be grateful for having the chance to do it. Now I've driven one once I want to do some more."

Herta is hoping to become the first American to contest a Grand Prix since Michael Andretti at Monza in 1993, and is looking to secure a full-time drive for 2003.

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