They may be a single car NTT IndyCar Series operation however Harding Steinbrenner Racing surprised everyone over the last two days as Colton Herta led the way in three out of the four practice sessions during Spring Training at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.
The only session that Herta didn’t go P1 in was the final session of the day on Wednesday and in that session he finished second behind Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi.
Honda really flexed their muscle this week leading the way in all of the sessions over the course of the two days and as Herta said, the Circuit of the Americas just suits his driving style.
Rookie Felix Rosenqvist who joins defending series champion Scott Dixon at Chip Ganassi Racing driving the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was very quick over the two days, in the opening session he was 12th as he got up to speed and then in the afternoon session on Tuesday he had improved to fourth place.
On day two of the test in the third session, Rosenqvist was eighth while in the final practice he was fourth fastest.
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Marcus Ericsson was very quick over the two day test and put his Circuit of the Americas knowledge to good use having raced here just last year with the Alfa Romeo Racing team in Formula One.
In conclusion we have a fantastic crop of talented rookie drivers in the field this season however you can never rule out the likes of Scott Dixon and the Penske’s of Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud.
There is one final pre-season test which takes place early next month at Sebring International Raceway before the series heads to Florida for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which takes place from March 8 -10. For ticket information visit – http://www.gpstpete.com/