Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta, driver of the No.26 Gainbridge Honda showed his championship credentials during the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg over the weekend. The Californian not only took the NTT P1 Award but he also led 97 of the 100 lap race to take the fourth win of his NTT IndyCar Series career.
Herta has also become the de facto team leader at Andretti Autosport as the series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for this weekend’s double-header Genesys 300 and XPEL 375.
Colton Herta who had his dad, Bryan in his ear for the first time last weekend has now amassed the same number of wins as Bryan and series legend Mario Andretti believes that it won’t be long before Formula One teams come knocking on the door in search of the talented 21-year-old.
Herta’s main focus is the NTT IndyCar Series and is hopeful that his success in St Pete gives him momentum for this weekend’s double-header at Texas Motor Speedway.
Speaking following the race, Herta spoke about what it is like working with Bryan saying:
Yeah, I think both people thought it wasn’t going to work and a lot of people had their doubts. I think we’re both pretty level headed and we don’t kind of get all the way up here or down here.
I think it works really well. Obviously a lot of people know how good he is at strategy, and that was the main reason why I wanted him on there, right. If he wasn’t going to be a good strategist, I probably wouldn’t have asked him to be on the car. But no, so far, no complications, and obviously we’ve been doing a good job so far with pace-wise and obviously the strategy today was flawless, all the pit stops were amazing.
It seems to be smooth sailing.