The record books were rewritten Sunday in Texas, as the youngest driver in IndyCar history – 18 year old American legacy pilot Colton Herta – incredibly won only the third race of his career. It was a popular finish throughout the paddock, as Bryan Herta’s son and Brian Barnhart’s team, Harding Steinbrenner Racing – partnered with Andretti – took their first ever series victory.
Swedish love dished out during pre-race proved badly misplaced, as Felix Rosenqvist was crashed out by James Hinchcliffe in the only full course caution of the day after earier spinning on his own. Fellow Scandinavian Marcus Ericsson earned a late penalty in the pits, dropping him to the rear of the field and sealing a fifteenth place finish. The start was clean except for Zach Veach who made contact with Graham Rahal and ran off course, falling to last place as he was forced through and around COTA’s gravel traps.
Scott Dixon made it three wide through turn one, which is allowed under the no limits policy, followed wide right by Rahal who was then contacted by Veach. Herta split Dixon and RHR to move up a position to third. Ganassi’s Rosenqvist dropped back two positions to eighth. Alexander Rossi challenged Will Power for the lead briefly but remained in second with Herta, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dixon in the top five.
Single file racing rapidly set in, with Power comfortably out front. Continue reading