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Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta who drives the No.88 Guess Capstone Honda in the NTT IndyCar Series says he is feeling really good ahead of Sunday’s 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
Herta who will start the race fifth place told Paddock Eye on Carb Day that the team had a really good qualifying car and that the focus for the month of May has been make sure that the race car is good as you can win this race from anywhere.
Herta said qualifying fifth was great as they will be mostly in clean air for the race and he is hoping that it won’t be too hot as he believes that will make the racing a lot worse.
The Harding Steinbrenner Racing team driver said that Honda have made a big step forward this year compared to where they were in 2018 and that while the talk last year was about Chevrolet he hopes to but the Honda powered HSR car in Victory Circle on Dunday.
Herta went on to say that they are now in a position thanks to the gains made by Honda to race up front with the likes of Penske.
The race win at the Circuit of the Americas earlier this year has given him and the team motivation and he said the biggest thing was learning how to win, he made the comparison to Formula One where in Europe the team have their big bases where they can send their trackside data in real time back to HQ however in the NTT IndyCar Series they don’t have that.
Herta said when it comes to winning in the NTT IndyCar Series you have to be so lucky on the right day and that is why in his opinion there have been so many different. He says you have to have the best pace and that is why there have been so many different winners.
IndyCar and F1 are great categories with different objectives. It is so cool the tech they have in Formula One. IndyCar is more of a stock series and plays more to strategy whereas in F1 it is a tech spec.
Speaking about the new aeroscreen which has been developed by Red Bull Technologies in the UK Herta said it fills the gap of the Halo not protecting the front of you, this prevents everything and the biggest thing was getting the plastic in front strong enough not to shatter.
Herta believes he will test the item during the off season if it works. The plan as of right now it will be used during winter testing. Herta said moving forward with safety IndyCar has also been at the forefront and whatever is best for the drivers is good.