Pato O’Ward Earns Mid-Ohio Weekend Sweep, Extends Points Lead Over Herta

LEXINGTON, OH – The good news for Colton Herta is that he found his mojo again. After getting in a crash in qualifying in the last race weekend in Toronto, Herta suffered a broken hand and would finish seventh and sixth respectively. He lost his grasp of the Indy Lights points lead as a result.

But, in the doubleheader weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Herta got back on the podium in each of the two races. He would bring his No. 98 Mazda home runner-up in both Saturday as well as Sunday’s races. 

The bad news?

The guy he’s chasing for the championship won both races.

Pato O’Ward led every lap in his win on Saturday and for a second straight day, led flag to flag en route to his seventh win of the season and fourth in the last five races. He also now has seven top two finishes over his last eight starts on the season and takes a 32 point lead with him to Gateway next month.

Herta, has four wins and five runner ups compared to O’Ward’s seven wins and three runner-ups.

Herta, passed second place started Aaron Telitz early on in the race and set his sail on O’Ward. Despite a Lap 10 caution, he could never close back up enough to make a winning pass.

Ryan Norman brought his No. 48 Mazda home fourth for another Andretti Autosport 1-2-3 finish. They went 1-2-3 on Saturday with Dalton Kellett finishing third.

Santi Urrutia finished fourth while Kellett rounded out the top five.

Franzoni was sixth but was penalized after he made contact with Telitz on the 10th lap which sent Telitz spinning.

Race No. 2 Results

  1. 27 O’Ward R
  2. 98 Herta
  3. 48 Norman
  4.  5 Urrutia
  5. 28 Kellett
  6. 23 Franzoni R
  7.  9 Telitz

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