Hard fought weekend for Harding Steinbrenner Racing at Barber Motorsports Park
The #88 GESS International Indy car finished the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in 24th position. Colton Herta qualified the Honda-powered Indy car in ninth position yesterday, just barely missing the Firestone Fast Six in a very close qualifying session.
Although the Valencia, California, native was quick all weekend, early in the race the #88 car suffered a still-undiagnosed issue getting fuel into the engine. Herta was forced to pit for over thirty laps. The Harding Steinbrenner Racing crew worked diligently from lap 33 to lap 65 and got the #88 GESS International back on track.
“It was a frustrating day,” said Colton Herta. “We had an issue with the fueling that caused the engine to keep cutting out. So, unfortunately, we didn’t have the best of days. I just want to give a special thank you to everyone at GESS International. I feel very honored to be in the GESS RNG Biogas circle of drivers, and I’m looking forward to having them on board as an associate sponsor for Long Beach. Super thankful for them. And, thank you to all the #88 boys who worked so hard during the race to get the car fixed. They got the car back out, which is very important because we got some crucial information about the car. It really sucks…but at least we only have to wait a week before the next race.”
“Extremely disappointing coming off of the win at the Circuit of the Americas,” said Brian Barnhart. “We had GESS International with us this weekend, so we had a lot of interest in doing well at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. We appreciate everything that GESS International has done for us this weekend. Unfortunately, we were unable to deliver the results we were hoping for. We had an issue getting fuel up into the engine, so we had to make massive repairs on the the fuel cell. We changed several components, but at this point we’re not 100% sure what fixed it. We changed about everything we had in there because we wanted to make sure it was fixed before we went on to Long Beach. We were able to do that and run some laps, and no it’s onto the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.”
The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season will resume next weekend in Long Beach, Calif. for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Practice begins on Friday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET. All coverage will be available on NBC Sports Gold.