Herta Passes Rookie Orientation At IMS With Flying Colours
— Ben Johnston (@BSJ2008) April 25, 2019
Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta driving an all white No.88 Honda during yesterday’s open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway passed his Indianapolis Motor Speedway Rookie Orientation Programme with fly colours.
The IndyCar Classic winner was the fastest of the nine drivers who took part in the rookie/refresher test setting a speed of 226.108MPH and speaking following the action he said:
It’s definitely a slow process to get into it at first, get situated. You have a lot of time to do it, 15 laps for pretty much every stage. Plenty of time to get comfortable. That’s what it was about today, getting comfortable with the car and that type of speed and moving forward from there. It was pretty cool. The first few laps was the same speed as an Indy Lights car, so it wasn’t too impressive. But once they kind of let me run at 215 mph plus on the third stage, it was pretty awesome. Definitely a dream of mine for a long time to be able to run an Indy car here. Even though it’s just testing, it’s still really sentimental. Obviously, we were very comfortable right away. The car was super stable, which was the reason I was able to do that time so quickly. Yeah, there’s a ton of factors that went into it. But it is, like you said, very important to start slow and kind of build up to it. Yeah, obviously I haven’t gotten anywhere near the speed I’ve gone today, so it was a big step up.