Colton Herta

Colton Herta (born March 30, 2000) is an American open-wheel racing driver, and the son of IndyCar and Champ Car driver Bryan Herta. He is the youngest person to ever win an IndyCar Series race.

Colton Herta
Colton Herta Victory Lane Road America 2018.jpg
Herta at Road America in 2018
NationalityUnited States American
Born (2000-03-30) March 30, 2000 (age 21)
Valencia, California, United States
IndyCar Series career
41 races run over 4 years
Team(s)No. 26 (Andretti Autosport)
Best finish2020 (3rd)
First race2018 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Sonoma)
Last race2021 REV Group Grand Prix (Road America)
First win2019 IndyCar Classic (Austin)
Last win2021 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg)
Wins Podiums Poles
4 6 5
Previous series
2017-2018Indy Lights

CareerEdit

 
Herta at Portland in 2018

Early yearsEdit

Herta made his karting debut in 2010 at the age of 10, racing karts in the SKUSA and IKF series, although he had been karting since the age of 6. He made his single-debut at 13, finishing second in the SBF2000 Winter Series. In 2014, he made his formula car debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, finishing 15th in the championship despite missing the opening weekend due to age requirements. In the same year, Herta made his International Formula racing debut in Sepang, Malaysia with the AsiaCup Series, taking part in one event where he won 1 race win and 3 podium finishes. Herta also made a one-off appearance in the Global RallyCross Championship Lites, being the youngest driver to compete in the series.

In 2015, he made his debut in the UK-based MSA Formula series, as the youngest driver and the only American on a grid that consisted mostly of Britons, and got his first win in the second race at Snetterton Circuit in August, thus helping the United States win the Nations Cup. He went on to collect three more victories over the course of the season, finishing third overall.[1]

For 2016, he was planning to move to the newly renamed BRDC British F3 series, but was too young to compete at the opening round.[2] Wanting to complete a full season he made the switch to the Euroformula Open Championship, staying with Carlin and finished third in points, with four victories, six podium finishes and five pole positions. Herta went on to compete in six British F3 events, earning three podium finishes including a victory at Brands Hatch.

In 2017 Herta joined forces with the newly formed Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing to pilot the 98-car in the Indy Lights Series.[3] He started the year strong with a second-place finish in the first race at St. Petersburg street circuit and followed it up with a Sunday victory; Colton's first win in Indy Lights. He got his 2nd victory at the next event at Barber Motorsports Park, the series' 400th race. Herta won Rookie of the Year and finished 3rd in the drivers championship.

In 2018, Herta remained in Indy Lights. He won four races, including all three held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (both races of the GP of Indianapolis and the Freedom 100 on the speedway). Herta finished 2nd in points to his Andretti teammate Patricio O'Ward.

IndyCarEdit

Also in 2018, Herta debuted in IndyCar at the season finale in 1Sonoma with Harding Racing.[4]

Herta participated in the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona in a BMW M8 GTE for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Colton, along with co-drivers Connor De Phillippi, Augusto Farfus and Philipp Eng, won the race in the GTLM class.

For the 2019 IndyCar season, Herta signed to drive the No. 88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing car. Herta was the first IndyCar Series driver born in the 2000s to start a race. On March 24, 2019, at the age of 18, Herta became the youngest-ever winner in IndyCar history by winning the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas.[5] He qualified 5th for the Indianapolis 500, but retired after just four laps after a gearbox failure. On June 22, 2019 at the age of 19, Herta became the youngest-ever pole-sitter at Road America. The driver won again at Laguna Seca, and finished 7th in the overall standings, just 5 points behind Rookie of the Year Felix Rosenqvist.

Herta finished 7th in the opening round of the 2020 IndyCar season at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished 8th at the Indianapolis 500. On September 13, 2020, Herta won the second of two races held at Mid-Ohio. He scored a runner-up finish at the Indianapolis road course's Saturday race. With seven top 5s in 14 races, he ranked third in points.

Going into 2021 Herta was seen as the strongest challenger in the Andretti stable to Scott Dixon for the IndyCar title. Herta started his season caught up in an accident caused by Josef Newgarden in Alabama but earned his first win of the season at St. Petersburg.

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2012-13 SBF2000 Winter Series N/A 12 1 1 0 4 287 6th
2013 Pacific Formula F1600 PR1/BHA with Curb-Agajanian 15 10 6 10 15 413 1st
2014 GRC Lites AD Racing 1 N/A 0 N/A N/A 16 15th
U.S. F2000 National Championship JAY Motorsports 12 0 0 1 0 115 15th
2015 MSA Formula Championship Carlin 30 4 3 8 12 355 3rd
2016 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship 6 1 0 1 3 109 19th
Euroformula Open Championship 16 4 5 4 7 199 3rd
Spanish Formula 3 Championship 6 2 2 1 4 94 2nd
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 13th
2017 Indy Lights Andretti Steinbrenner Racing 16 2 7 3 7 300 3rd
2018 Indy Lights 17 4 3 7 13 447 2nd
IndyCar Series Harding Racing 1 0 0 0 0 20 37th
2019 IndyCar Series Harding Steinbrenner Racing 17 2 3 2 2 420 7th
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - GTLM BMW Team RLL 3 1 0 0 2 89 14th
2020 IndyCar Series Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport 14 1 1 0 2 421 3rd
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - GTLM BMW Team RLL 3 0 0 0 0 79 9th
2021 IndyCar Series Andretti Autosport 8 1 1 1 1 202 9th*
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - GTD Turner Motorsport 1 0 1 0 0 285 34th*

* Season still in progress.

American open-wheel racing resultsEdit

U.S. F2000 National ChampionshipEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2014 JAY Motorsports STP STP BAR
19
BAR
7
IMS
5
IMS
20
LOR
14
TOR
5
TOR
14
MDO
10
MDO
16
MDO
13
SNM
7
SNM
9
15th 115

Indy LightsEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2017 Andretti Steinbrenner Racing STP
2
STP
1
ALA
10
ALA
1
IMS
12
IMS
10
INDY
13
RDA
12
ROA
3
IOW
4
TOR
4
TOR
10
MDO
2
MDO
6
GMP
3
WGL
3
3rd 300
2018 Andretti Steinbrenner Racing STP
3
STP
8
ALA
2
ALA
3
IMS
1
IMS
1
INDY
1
RDA
1
RDA
2
IOW
2
TOR
7
TOR
6
MDO
2
MDO
2
GTW
2
POR
2
POR
4
2nd 447

IndyCar SeriesEdit

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2018 Harding Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY DET DET TXS RDA IOW TOR MDO POC GTW POR SNM
20
37th 20
2019 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda STP
8
COA
1
ALA
24
LBH
23
IMS
23
INDY
33
DET
12
DET
12
TXS
18
RDA
8
TOR
7
IOW
18
MDO
8
POC
16
GTW
9
POR
4
LAG
1
7th 420
2020 Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport TXS
7
IMS
4
ROA
5
ROA
5
IOW
19
IOW
19
INDY
8
GTW
4
GTW
6
MDO
9
MDO
1
IMS
4
IMS
2
STP
11
3rd 421
2021 Andretti Autosport ALA
22
STP
1
TXS
22
TXS
5
IMS
13
INDY
16
DET
14
DET
4
ROA
2
MDO
NSH
IMS
GTW
POR
LAG
LBH
9th* 202*

Indianapolis 500Edit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2019 Dallara Honda 5 33 Harding Steinbrenner Racing
2020 Dallara Honda 10 8 Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport
2021 Dallara Honda 2 16 Andretti Autosport

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2019 BMW Team RLL GTLM BMW M8 GTE BMW S63 4.0 L Twin-turbo V8 DAY
1
SEB
7
LBH MDO WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR LGA PET
3
14th 89
2020 BMW Team RLL GTLM BMW M8 GTE BMW S63 4.0 L Turbo V8 DAY
5
DAY SEB ELK VIR ATL MDO CLT PET
6
LGA SEB
4
9th 79
2021 Turner Motorsport GTD BMW M6 GT3 BMW 4.4 L Turbo V8 DAY
6
SEB MDO DET
WGL
WGL
LIM
ELK
LGA
LBH
VIR
PET
34th* 285*

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jackson, Connor. "Herta Crosses the Line on MSA Formula's Inaugural Season". thecheckeredflag.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  2. ^ Henbsy, Paul. "Carlin Announce Herta and Vaidyanathan for EuroFormula Open". thecheckeredflag.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  3. ^ Autoweek.com
  4. ^ https://www.indycar.com/News/2018/09/09-19-Harding-Steinbrenner-Racing-announcement
  5. ^ Malsher, David (March 24, 2019). "COTA IndyCar: Herta becomes series' youngest ever winner". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved March 24, 2019.

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