Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta driving the No.88 Guess Capstone Honda started Sunday’s 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge from fifth place.
Sadly for the rookie he was forced to retire just three laps into the race due to a gearbox issue.
Speaking following the race, Herta said:
“I couldn’t get into sixth the whole time, so I stuck it in fifth gear. Just kind of sitting there. I knew it was going to be a long day after seeing that. I was hoping maybe we could just run around in fifth gear the whole time. But we lost the gear pressure in it, and it didn’t want to change gears. Once I went down to fourth and back up to fifth a few times, it completely depleted it and there’s nothing left. So the engine is dying. Couldn’t get it to neutral. That’s why we had to put it on the flat tow and go back. The gear issue was caused from a fuel leak that burned the wires for the gearbox. The gearbox is controlled electronically, and I wasn’t getting the signal to upshift or downshift. It sent something into emergency mode to where the engine just completely shut off, and that was it.” (About being out of first ‘500’ so early): “It’s sad. The car was actually really good. I was just cruising there in fifth. I didn’t have any need to push or anything. We were happy just staying there until the pit stop. It’s just really sad. The guys have been working really hard to get the cars in service at the Speedway. They worked through Mother’s Day and every weekend. It just sucks. I know everybody is still super fired up for this year. We’ve been quick everywhere and haven’t qualified outside the top 10 yet. I know we’ll be back next week.”