Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta in the No.88 GESS International Honda started Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from 9th place however he endured a tough race as he was forced to retire from the event with an as yet undiagnosed issue.
Herta who took his maiden NTT IndyCar Series victory last time out at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin Texas commented saying:
It was a frustrating day. We had an issue with the fueling that caused the engine to keep cutting out. So, unfortunately, we didn’t have the best of days. I just want to give a special thank you to everyone at GESS International. I feel very honored to be in the GESS RNG Biogas circle of drivers, and I’m looking forward to having them on board as an associate sponsor for Long Beach. Super thankful for them. And, thank you to all the #88 boys who worked so hard during the race to get the car fixed. They got the car back out, which is very important because we got some crucial information about the car. It really sucks…but at least we only have to wait a week before the next race.
Harding Steinbrenner Racing Team President Brian Barnhart said:
Extremely disappointing coming off of the win at the Circuit of the Americas. “We had GESS International with us this weekend, so we had a lot of interest in doing well at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. We appreciate everything that GESS International has done for us this weekend. Unfortunately, we were unable to deliver the results we were hoping for. We had an issue getting fuel up into the engine, so we had to make massive repairs on the the fuel cell. We changed several components, but at this point we’re not 100% sure what fixed it. We changed about everything we had in there because we wanted to make sure it was fixed before we went on to Long Beach. We were able to do that and run some laps, and no it’s onto the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.”