Colton Herta became the youngest winner in IndyCar Sunday when he claimed a shock victory in the series first visit to Circuit of The Americas.
Will Power dominated Sunday’s race and appeared to be en route to winning the race and COTA’s “$100k Win From The Pole Challenge.” One of the worst promotions a race track and their staff have ever thought. The idea of encouraging the pole sitter to also win the race seems counter productive to having a good race. Then again that could just be the opinion of this guy sitting on his couch in Cincinnati watching Shameless.
Power didn’t go flag to flag on Sunday thanks to a late race caution trapped himself and second place Alexander Rossi out during pit sequence. Felix Rosenqvist made contact with James Hinchcliffe who showed everyone Felix is not his favorite Swede this year. Thanks to no track limits in Turn 19 the two hit sending Felix into the wall and to a rest right at pit entrance.
The #12 and #27 took a chance by staying out too long. Pit early with third place Colton Herta and play it safe or run longer while experiencing little drop off with older tires. They both opted for the latter and it killed them in the end. Herta pitted early and when the caution came out he moved to the lead as the other two pitted.
On that pit sequence under caution Power had what appeared to be a driveshaft failure. As the defending 500
However, that doesn’t take away from what Colton Herta did. The 18-year old took a team in Harding Steinbrenner Racing to the top step of the podium in only his third IndyCar race. This is the same Harding team that wondered if they would even exist in 2019. Herta’s speed, HSR’s strategy, and Felix Rosenqvist put him on the top step of the podium. You can say the win was handed to him, but just remember he ran second or third the entire race. In the end, it’s who gets to the checkered flag first and Sunday it was a goofy 18-year old with a team owner who is the age of most grad school students. The combined age of owner and driver is a whopping 41 years old, poor Tony Kanaan.
Josef Newgarden followed up his victory at the season opener in St. Pete with a second place finish at COTA as he lengthens his points lead.
Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the podium, followed by Grahama Rahal putting American drivers 1-4 on Sunday.
Marco Andretti finished 6th, a massively successful day for Bryan Herta’s driver. Pretty decent day to be the elder Herta on Sunday.
In Pato O’Ward deserves a huge shoutout too. A month after being dumped by Harding Steinbrenner he makes his second career IndyCar start and finishes 8th for the Carlin team. He beat Herta heads up in Indy Lights last year, look for him to contend once he’s more comfortable with his new team.
|1||4||88||Colton Herta||Harding Steinbrenner Racing||D/H/F||60||running||15||51|
|2||7||2||Josef Newgarden||PPG Paints / Verizon (Roger Penske)||D/C/F||60||running||0||40|
|3||3||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||DHL (Andretti Autosport)||D/H/F||60||running||0||35|
|4||10||15||Graham Rahal||Total / United Rentals / Mi-Jack (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)||D/H/F||60||running||0||32|
|5||17||18||Sebastien Bourdais||SealMaster / Sport Clips (Dale Coyne w/Vasser-Sullivan)||D/H/F||60||running||0||30|
|6||20||98||Marco Andretti||U.S. Concrete / Curb (AHA / Marco & Curb-Agajanian)||D/H/F||60||running||0||28|
|7||14||30||Takuma Sato||Mi-Jack / Panasonic (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)||D/H/F||60||running||0||26|
|8||8||31||Patricio O’Ward||Trevor Carlin||D/C/F||60||running||0||24|
|9||2||27||Alexander Rossi||NAPA Auto Parts (Andretti Autosport)||D/H/F||60||running||0||22|
|10||23||60||Jack Harvey||AutoNation / SiriusXM (Meyer Shank Racing / Arrow SPM)||D/H/F||60||running||0||20|
|11||19||21||Spencer Pigot||Autoweek / Direct Supply (Ed Carpenter Racing)||D/C/F||60||running||0||19|
|12||24||14||Tony Kanaan||ABC Supply Co. (A.J. Foyt)||D/C/F||60||running||0||18|
|13||6||9||Scott Dixon||PNC Bank (Chip Ganassi)||D/H/F||60||running||0||17|
|14||18||20||Ed Jones||Autoweek / Flex Box (Ed Carpenter Racing)||D/C/F||60||running||0||16|
|15||16||7||Marcus Ericsson||Arrow / Lucas Oil (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)||D/H/F||60||running||0||15|
|16||15||5||James Hinchcliffe||Arrow / Lucas Oil (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)||D/H/F||60||running||0||14|
|17||12||4||Matheus Leist||ABC Supply Co. (A.J. Foyt)||D/C/F||60||running||0||13|
|18||21||32||Kyle Kaiser||NFP (Juncos Racing)||D/C/F||60||running||0||12|
|19||22||22||Simon Pagenaud||Menards / Verizon (Roger Penske)||D/C/F||60||running||0||11|
|20||11||19||Santino Ferrucci||David Yurman / Cly-Del (Dale Coyne)||D/H/F||60||running||0||10|
|21||13||59||Max Chilton||Gallagher Insurance (Trevor Carlin)||D/C/F||59||running||0||9|
|22||9||26||Zach Veach||Gainbridge (Andretti Autosport)||D/H/F||58||running||0||8|
|23||5||10||Felix Rosenqvist||NTT Data (Chip Ganassi)||D/H/F||55||running||0||7|
|24||1||12||Will Power||Verizon (Roger Penske)||D/C/F||46||mechanical||45||10|
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