Bryan Herta has set his sights high for the latest round of the A1 Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, with the Indy Racing League driver hoping home advantage will yield the first win for Team USA in what has so far been a rather disappointing year.

Currently languishing down in 16th place in the standings, the combination of Herta and Paul Giebler have failed to make much of an impression on the championship so far but the Andretti Green Racing driver is looking for a turn around on home soil.

Having not raced there for some years, Herta is not expecting local knowledge to provide the advantage, instead citing the enthusiasm of the home crowds to inspire him.

"[My experience] helps a little, especially in the beginning of the session," he said. "But those guys learn the track very quickly and I haven't been there for four or five years myself, so it isn't like I've been running around there lately.

"There will be more expectation on me because of the success I've had there and being the American in the U.S. round. I'm ready for that hoping I can bring a win to the U.S. team on home soil."

Having shown a good turn of pace at the previous round in Mexico, leading the race ahead of a late pitstop, Herta is hoping he can translate that form to the Californian circuit.

"We had good pace," Herta said. "I had been out of the car for awhile so it was a good warm-up for me going back to Laguna Seca. We had a top-three speed from the car, but unfortunately we had some problems on the pit stop and didn't get a result to match. Hopefully, we'll take some of the lessons we're learned and try to put the whole weekend together and get a good result."

Herta will be in good company when he lines up on the grid too as he will be joined with fellow IRL stars Patrick Carpentier in the Canadian entry and Czech Republic's Tomas Enge.



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