Leeds, Ala – 17-year old Colton Herta is showing us why he’s going to be a star in the Verizon IndyCar Series one day. The second generation driver led flag-to-flag in Sunday’s Indy Lights Series race at the Barber Motorsports Park en route to his second career victory in just his fourth ever start.
By virtue of rain falling on the 2.3-mile Alabama race track this morning, qualifying was rained out. Due to Herta holding the points lead, he started on the pole.
The Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing driver took off on the start, but was quickly pulled back in after a first lap incident involving Pato O’Ward and Zachary Claman de Melo.
On the restart, Herta didn’t flinch as he steadily pulled away in the 35 lap event. He led every lap en route to a dominating victory.
Herta, won by 9.1465-seconds in his No. 98 entry.
Yesterday’s pole sitter and second place finisher Kyle Kaiser would come home maiden again in his No. 18 Juncos Racing entry.
Yesterday’s race winner and Herta’s teammate Nico Jamin brought his No. 27 Andretti entry home third while Neil Alberico and Aaron Telitz rounded out the top five.
The race saw just the one caution flag on an overcast day.
It was also the 400th career Indy Lights race. Next up for the series is on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in a doubleheader on May 12-13.
- 98 Herta R
- 18 Kaiser
- 27 Jamin R
- 22 Alberico
- 9 Telitz R
- 31 Dapero R
- 26 Leist R
- 51 Blackstock
- 48 Norman R
- 28 Kellett
- 2 Piedrahita
- 11 Rickards R
- 5 Urruita
- 13 Claman de Melo OUT
- 3 O’Ward R OUT