Top-ten finish for the #88 Capstone Turbine Honda at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500
The #88 Capstone Turbine Honda secured a top-ten finish this weekend in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway. Colton Herta qualified in 12th position but ran in the top-ten for the majority of the 248-lap race. In spite of a race littered with incidents and over 50 laps under caution, Herta managed to stay clean and continued to pass cars on restarts.
“Overall it was a pretty good evening for the #88 Capstone Turbine Honda team at World Wide Technology Raceway for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500,” said team president, Brian Barnhart. “This is great for us because it was the first oval we have finished on the 2019 schedule. We were very long overdue to do that. But, it’s also frustrating because tonight we had a great car, and we kept passing cars as the raced progressed even though we had a few ill-timed cautions. It seemed like when we took one step forward, we’d take two steps back. Colton did a great job, and the crew put together another fantastic race car again. So, to come away with a top-nine for him is great! On to Portland next weekend.”
“Tonight, was a bit of a grind all night, and I really enjoyed it.” Said Colton Herta. “I had a lot of fun on those restarts, and we passed a lot of cars. There were a million strategies based on how the cautions played out, and I think we were on the right one until the final caution came out. The #88 Capstone Turbine Honda was able to pass three or four cars on the final restart, so we still finished ninth which is great for the team. It’s a shame, though, because without the final caution, we could have finished within the top-five. But, that’s short oval racing. Sometimes you get burned with yellows and sometimes you get lucky. Now, let’s hope we can continue to be quick at Portland.”The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series continues next weekend at Portland International Raceway for the Grand Prix of Portland. Practice begins on Friday, August 30th at 3:50 p.m. ET and can be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold. Qualifying begins on Saturday at 8:00PM ET on NBC Sports. Sunday’s race day coverage is live on NBC at 5:30 PM ET.