Harding Steinbrenner Racing looking for a top finish during the INDYCAR Classic weekend
The NTT IndyCar Series makes its racing debut at the Circuit of the Americas with the INDYCAR Classic this Sunday, March 24 th . After a successful test session in February, the #88 Latitude Vacation Club Indy car powered by Honda will return to the Austin, Texas, circuit with rookie driver, Colton Herta as the team pilot for Harding Steinbrenner Racing.
The 18-year-old led the NTT IndyCar Series field during last month’s series open test. He finished in first position in three of the four test sessions and completed the fastest lap time overall with a 1:46.6258 and 115.132 mph average. The team looks to duplicate Herta’s success along the 3.41-mile, 20-turn permanent road course this weekend.
“We were very pleased coming out of the NTT IndyCar Series open test at the Circuit of the Americas back in February,” said Brian Barnhart. “Because of that, we are obviously very excited to return to a track that has gone well for us and where Colton has some experience in an Indy car. We’re very much looking forward to returning, and we will be keeping an eye out on the weather and hoping it will not have an adverse effect on the event in any way.”
Valencia, California native Colton Herta is coming off of an eighth-place finish in the 2019 season debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg earlier this month.
“I’m super excited to get back in the #88 Latitude Vacation Club Indy car,” said Colton Herta. “And especially coming back to the Circuit of the Americas where we were so quick in spring training last month. I know the Harding Steinbrenner Racing guys are super pumped after seeing the race pace we showed during the 2019 season opener at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, so we’ll try and convert that into a really good result!”
Opening practice begins Friday, March 22, at 11:15 a.m. ET. Live coverage from the Circuit of the Americas can be found on the NBC Gold App and continues through each practice and qualifying session of the race weekend. Race day coverage can be found on the NBC Sports Network at 1:00 p.m. ET.
About Harding Steinbrenner Racing
Indianapolis based Harding Steinbrenner Racing is led by Indianapolis businessman Mike Harding and George Michael Steinbrenner IV. Brian Barnhart is team president, and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. serves the team as executive consultant. Harding Steinbrenner will compete on a full-time basis in the 2019 IndyCar Series with Colton Herta, driver of the #88 Honda-powered Indy car.
About Colton Herta
Colton Herta began racing go-karts at the age of four. At 12, he turned to cars and promptly won the Pacific F1600 Series championship and finished second in the Skip Barber Summer Series. At 16 years old, the Valencia, California, native quickly impressed by winning the second race of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship 2017 season. That year he also led the series with seven pole positions, set five new track records and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Most recently, Herta won the Rolex 24 Hours IMSA race with the Rahal Letterman Racing team and placed second in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship with four wins, three pole positions and 13 podium finishes.