Colton Herta

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Colton Herta
Colton Herta (2021).jpg
Herta at the 2021 Grand Prix of Long Beach
NationalityUnited States American
Born (2000-03-30) March 30, 2000 (age 22)
Santa Clarita, California, United States
IndyCar Series career
57 races run over 5 years
Team(s)No. 26 (Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian)
Best finish2020 (3rd)
First race2018 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Sonoma)
Last race2022 Honda Indy 200 (Mid-Ohio)
First win2019 IndyCar Classic (Austin)
Last win2022 GMR Grand Prix (Indianapolis)
Wins Podiums Poles
7 11 9
Previous series
2017-2018Indy Lights

Colton Thomas Herta (born March 30, 2000) is an American open-wheel racing driver currently competing in the NTT IndyCar Series for Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian.[1] He is the youngest person to ever win an IndyCar Series race.[2]

He is the son of IndyCar and Champ Car driver Bryan Herta.

Early years[edit]

Karting[edit]

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.

Racing in Europe[edit]

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 throughout the season, finishing third overall.[3]

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.[4] 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.

Indy Lights[edit]

In 2017 Herta joined forces with the newly formed Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing to pilot the 98-car in the Indy Lights Series.[5] 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.

IndyCar[edit]

Also in 2018, Herta debuted in IndyCar at the season finale in Sonoma with Harding Racing.[6]

Harding Steinbrenner Racing[edit]

2019: Rookie Season[edit]

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.[7] 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 celebrating his first win at the Circuit of the Americas in 2019

Andretti Autosport[edit]

2020: Sophomore Season[edit]

Herta again drove the #88 car for Harding Steinbrenner Racing in 2020, with additional backing from Andretti Autosport. 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.

2021: Three More Wins[edit]

Going into 2021, Herta was seen as the strongest challenger in the Andretti stable to Scott Dixon for the IndyCar title. For 2021 Herta would move from the #88 Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Racing car to the #26 Andretti Autosport with Curb Agajanian car with backing from Indianapolis 500 title sponsor Gainbridge. 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, his first win on a street circuit.[8] The rest of the season proved to be a struggle for Herta. He would only secure two podium finishes before his second win of the season; a second-place at Road America and third place at the second round on the IMS Road Course. He was frequently beset by poor strategy, mechanical issues, and driving errors. Most notable of these was at the inaugural round in Nashville; Herta would qualify on pole position for the race,[9] lead most of the race, lost the lead under caution to Marcus Ericsson, and crashed out of the race attempting to take the lead back from Ericsson in the closing laps.[10] Herta would pick up his second win of the season at Laguna Seca, where he led all but one lap of the race to win from pole.[11] He finished the season off with a come from behind victory on The Streets of Long Beach when he started fourteenth and worked his way rapidly through the field to take the lead from Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon to win his third race of the season. He ultimately finished the season fifth in the championship standings.[12]

2022[edit]

After intense speculation that he would be making a move to Formula One, Andretti Autosport and Herta announced that he would be racing in IndyCar in 2022, partnering Alexander Rossi, Romain Grosjean, and Devlin DeFrancesco. Herta struggled in the initial rounds of the season, including crashing after losing the lead at Long Beach, but picked up his first win of the season at the GMR Grand Prix.

Sports car racing[edit]

Herta participated in the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona in a BMW M8 GTE for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. He, along with co-drivers Connor De Phillippi, Augusto Farfus and Philipp Eng, won the race in the GTLM class. Herta returned to Daytona participate in the 2022 edition, partnering fellow IndyCar drivers Pato O'Ward and Devlin DeFrancesco along with Eric Lux in an LMP2 entry for DragonSpeed.[13] The quartet won after Herta took the lead in the final 11 minutes of the race.[14]

Formula One[edit]

In March 2022, Herta was signed by McLaren as a development driver in the 2022 season to test the MCL35M from 2021.[15] He took part in his first test drive from 11–13 July around Algarve International Circuit in Portimão.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Herta plays the drums and is a member of indie punk rock band The Zibs, which he formed in 2018 with his high school friends Jon Graber and Chris Broadbent.[17]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

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 Euroformula Open Championship Carlin 16 4 5 4 7 199 3rd
Spanish Formula 3 Championship 6 2 2 1 4 94 2nd
BRDC British Formula 3 Championship 6 1 0 1 3 109 19th
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
IMSA 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
IMSA SportsCar Championship - GTLM BMW Team RLL 3 0 0 0 0 79 9th
2021 IndyCar Series Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian 16 3 3 2 5 311 5th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - GTD Turner Motorsport 2 1 1 1 1 285 50th
2022 IndyCar Series Andretti Autosport 10 1 1 1 2 254* 8th*
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 DragonSpeed USA 1 1 0 0 1 0 *
Formula One McLaren F1 Team Test driver

* Season still in progress.

Complete Euroformula Open Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2016 Carlin Motorsport EST
1

Ret
EST
2

5
SPA
1

6
SPA
2

5
LEC
1

18
LEC
2

EX
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

Ret
RBR
1

1
RBR
2

1
MNZ
1

16
MNZ
2

4
JER
1

1
JER
2

4
CAT
1

2
CAT
2

1
3rd 199

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

U.S. F2000 National Championship[edit]

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 Lights[edit]

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 Series[edit]

(key)

Year Team Chassis No. 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 88 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 26 ALA
22
STP
1
TXS
22
TXS
5
5th 455
Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian IMS
13
INDY
16
DET
14
DET
4
ROA
2
MDO
13
NSH
19*
IMS
3
GTW
18
POR
8
LAG
1*
LBH
1*
2022 STP
4
TXS
12
LBH
23
ALA
10
IMS
1*
INDY
30
DET
8
ROA
5
MDO
15
TOR
2
IOW
24
IOW
12
IMS
24
NSH
5
GTW
POR
LAG
10th* 254*

Indianapolis 500[edit]

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
2022 Dallara Honda 25 30 Andretti Autosport

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results[edit]

(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 50th 285
2022 DragonSpeed USA LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 V8 DAY
1†
SEB
LGA
MDO
WGL
ELK
PET
-* 0*

Points only counted towards the Michelin Endurance Cup, and not the overall LMP2 Championship. * Season still in progress.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Eubanks, Michael (2019-03-24). "Colton Herta wins inaugural IndyCar Classic at COTA, becomes youngest winner in series history". MotorSportsTalk | NBC Sports. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  3. ^ Jackson, Connor. "Herta Crosses the Line on MSA Formula's Inaugural Season". thecheckeredflag.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  4. ^ Henbsy, Paul. "Carlin Announce Herta and Vaidyanathan for EuroFormula Open". thecheckeredflag.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  5. ^ Autoweek.com
  6. ^ "Harding Steinbrenner Racing formed to field two cars in 2019 IndyCar Series".
  7. ^ Malsher, David (March 24, 2019). "COTA IndyCar: Herta becomes series' youngest ever winner". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "Colton Herta beats Newgarden to win IndyCar St. Petersburg - NBC Sports". MotorSportsTalk | NBC Sports. 2021-04-25. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  9. ^ Ryan, Nate (7 August 2021). "Colton Herta takes pole in starting lineup for inaugural Music City Grand Prix in Nashville". NBC Sports. NBC Universal. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  10. ^ Ryan, Nate (9 August 2021). "IndyCar results and points standings after inaugural Music City Grand Prix at Nashville". NBC Sports. NBC Universal. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Herta scores dominant victory at Laguna Seca". RACER. 2021-09-19. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  12. ^ Ryan, Nate (27 September 2021). "IndyCar results and points standings after Long Beach". NBC Sports. NBC Universal. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  13. ^ Ryan, Nate (20 December 2021). "IndyCar stars Colton Herta, Pato O'Ward set as Rolex 24 teammates in DragonSpeed LMP2". NBC Sports. NBC Universal. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  14. ^ Ryan, Nate (2022-01-30). "2022 Rolex 24 results: Helio Castroneves wins for Shank - NBC Sports". MotorSportsTalk | NBC Sports. Retrieved 2022-03-12.
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