Harding Steinbrenner Racing team president Brian Barnhart says he couldn’t be prouder of Colton Herta after the rookie impressed under the lights in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Herta in the No.88 GESS Capstone Honda started the race from 10th place and ran up front all night long before contact with defending Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing ended both of their races on lap 228.

Speaking following the race, Barnhart said:

 “I couldn’t be prouder of Colton. This was the kid’s first run on the big oval in Texas. He had never really had an opportunity to race on an oval in an Indy car because of our bad luck at the Indianapolis 500. He was so impressive. He was calm, cool and collected throughout the entire race. The engineers and crew did a great job, so the kid had a rocket ship and was going for the win on that last restart. It’s really disappointing the way it turned out. You expect more out of a situation like that than what he got. I just want can’t say enough about what Colton and the guys did.”
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