ELKHART LAKE, Wis – One of the biggest dominoes in the Verizon IndyCar Series silly season is what Colton Herta and his team are going to do in 2019. Herta, is in his second season in Indy Lights and it’s widely speculated that they will move up to INDYCAR action next year. The easy path would be to remain with a partnership with Andretti Autosport and expand to a fifth car for 2019. But, what happens if McLaren comes over and wants to partner with Andretti too?
While Bryan Herta is a partner already with Andretti, he has Marco Andretti in the car and he’s under contact for next season. So are the other three drivers right now as well. I don’t see Andretti having six full-time cars, so if Fernando Alonso or whomever McLaren want to drive their car come over and partner with Andretti Autosport, Herta and his partnerships may be looking elsewhere.
Teams like Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing come up, but first things first, Herta has an Indy Lights championship to win. If he can do so, he has even more funding with the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship at his disposal. Right now, Herta leaves Road America with a 17 point lead in the standings.
Herta’s four race win streak came to an end on Sunday, but he still finished second in his No. 98 Mazda. He’s now had eight podium finishes in nine tries this year in his No. 98 Mazda. That’s allowed him to extend his points lead over his Andretti teammate Pato O’Ward this weekend as Herta has finished ahead of O’Ward in the last five races which is why his lead is where it’s at.
Over his career, Herta has scored six wins, 15 podiums, 19 top five finishes and 21 top 10’s in Indy Lights. The talent is there to move up. Now, the championship is on the horizon too.