Colton Herta makes history at Road America during the REV GROUP Grand Prix
Elkhart Lake, Wis. (June 24, 2019) The #88 GESS RNG Biogas Capstone Honda finished eighth after qualifying in the first position. At 19 years and 83 days old on Saturday, Colton Herta became the youngest pole winner in NTT IndyCar Series history when he qualified with a best lap time of 1:42.992 and 140.306 mph at Road America.
The Valencia, California, native ran quick all weekend. He won the pole position, then he ran the fastest lap of the race with a time of 137.521 mph on lap 30 of 55. Herta held off INDYCAR veterans and champions throughout the entire race, but struggled during the last stint.
“Colton and the #88 GESS RNG Biogas Capstone Honda team did a great job,” said team president, Brian Barnhart. “But it feels like another missed opportunity for us after we started up front on the pole. We started the race on used tires, but that backfired on us because we had to put on new red tires at the end and could not get them to last. Colton lost three or four positions at the end of the race because the red tires had gone off. In hindsight, we should have started the race with the new red tires and finished the race with the three sets of primary tires. Overall, it was a good weekend for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, and we’re looking forward to Toronto in two weeks!”
“Tough day at Road America today,” said Colton Herta. “We struggled on the red tires which caused us to lose a few spots at the end of the race. But, the #88 GESS RNG Biogas Capstone Honda guys were great all weekend. The car was so quick, it was a lot of fun to drive it. Now we shift focus to street course racing in Toronto in a couple of weeks.”
The NTT IndyCar Series schedule resumes on July 12th along the streets of Toronto with the Honda Indy Toronto. Practice begins on Friday, July 12th, and will be shown live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold. Race day coverage will be on NBC Sports starting at 3:00 p.m. ET.