Herta eyes Yoong's Minardi drive

American Bryan Herta is said to be chasing a drive with Minardi for the final three grands prix of the season, which would include his home race at Indianapolis

Herta eyes Yoong's Minardi drive

The former Champ Car driver, who is racing for Panoz in sportscars this season, is reported by Speed TV to be eyeing Alex Yoong's seat at the team. The Malaysian failed to make the 107 percent qualifying cut for the third time this year at last weekend's German GP, and the team is said to be searching for a replacement.

Minardi has a performance clause within Yoong's contract that allows the well-funded driver to be substituted. Former Arrows driver Jos Verstappen has claimed to have already turned down the chance to return to Formula 1.

Herta is taking part in Minardi's 'Thunder in the Park 2' event at Donington Park next week, where he will make his F1 debut in a Minardi and will also drive its two-seater. He will race for Panoz in this weekend's Trois-Rivieres American Le Mans Series race before flying to Europe for a seat fitting.

If Herta did race in the Italian, US and Japanese GPs, he would become the first American to compete in F1 since Michael Andretti drove for McLaren in 1993. Danny Sullivan was the last American to race in a US GP back in 1983 when he drove for Tyrrell.

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