The 88 Was Fast!
The NTT IndyCar youngest winner Colton Herta who drives for the Harding Steinbrenner Racing team felt that a podium finish was possible in Sunday’s inaugural IndyCar Classic at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin Texas.
The 18 year old never imagined that he and the team would win the race.
Herta driving the No.88 Latitude Vacation Club Honda was extremely quick all weekend and was at the sharp end of the field on Friday after during warm up following his engine change which saw him miss most of practice two.
In qualifying the team sorted s great set up on the car which enabled Herta to qualify in fourth place.
In the race itself Herta ran up front all day and took the lead on lap 45 following Will Power’s retirement from the race, from there Herta pulled away from the chasing Josef Newgarden in the No.2 PPG Chevrolet for Team Penske and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda.
Speaking following his win, Herta said:
We just won the INDYCAR Classic at the Circuit of the Americas! “Great job by everyone on the team and the Latitude Vacation Club guys. Today was amazing! We all did a hell of a job and really put together the perfect race. The strategy was on point, the pit stops were extremely quick and the #88 car was fast.
Herta went on to say:
I thought we were going to get a podium, we were going to get third. “I think we had the pace for that, but that yellow came out at the perfect time for us. Holy cow, I am worn out! That restart at the end just finished me off. After the last restart, I knew we had good pace. All day long, we were fast in the early laps, then faded toward the end. So on the restart, we were really quick. Just a spectacular day.”
The team will be hoping to carry the momentum from the Circuit Of The Americas to the next race, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park which takes place on April 7.