Colton Herta Biography | Colton Herta
Colton Herta is an American open-wheel racing driver and the son of IndyCar and Champ Car driver Bryan Herta.
Colton Herta Age
Colton is 19 years old as of 2019. He was born on 20 March 2000, in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, United States
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Bryan Herta (full name: Bryan John Herta) is an American race car driver. He currently runs his own team, Bryan Herta Autosport in the Verizon IndyCar Series. His team won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon and the 2016 Indianapolis 500 with driver Alexander Rossi. He is the father of Indy Lights driver Colton Herta.
Colton Herta Career
Herta at Portland in 2018Colton made his karting debut in 2010 at the age of 10, racing karts in the SKUSA and IKF series. He made his single-debut at 13, finishing second in the SBF2000 Winter Series. In 2014, he made his formula car debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, finishing 15th in the championship despite missing the opening weekend due to age requirements. In the same year, Herta made his International Formula racing debut in Sepang, Malaysia with the AsiaCup Series, taking part in one event where he won 1 race win and 3 podium finishes. Herta also made a one-off appearance in the Global RallyCross Championship Lites, being the youngest driver to compete in the series.
In 2015, he made his debut in the UK-based MSA Formula series, as the youngest driver and the only American on a grid that consisted mostly of Britons, and got his first win in the second race at Snetterton Circuit in August, thus helping the United States win the Nations Cup. He went on to collect three more victories over the course of the season, finishing third overall.
For 2016, he was planning to move to the newly renamed BRDC British F3 series but was too young to compete at the opening round. Wanting to complete a full season he made the switch to the Euroformula Open Championship, staying with Carlin and finished third in points, with four victories, six podium finishes, and five pole positions. Herta went on to compete in six British F3 events, earning three podium finishes including a victory at Brands Hatch.
In 2017 Herta joined forces with the newly formed Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing to pilot the 98-car in the Indy Lights Series. He started the year strong with a second-place finish in the first race at St. Petersburg street circuit and followed it up with a Sunday victory; Colton’s first win in Indy Lights. He got his 2nd victory at the next event at Barber Motorsports Park. Herta won Rookie of the Year and finished 3rd in the drivers’ championship. In 2018, Herta remained in Indy Lights. He won four races, including all three held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (both races of the GP of Indianapolis and the Freedom 100 on the speedway). Herta finished 2nd in points to his Andretti teammate Patricio O’Ward.
Herta participated in the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona in a BMW M8 GTE for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Colton, along with co-drivers Connor De Phillippi, Augusto Farfus and Philipp Eng, won the race in the GTLM class. For the 2019 IndyCar season, Herta is signed to drive the #88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing car in the IndyCar Series Herta was the first IndyCar Series driver born in the 2000s to start a race. On March 24th, 2019, Herta became the youngest-ever winner in IndyCar history (Age 18) by winning at Circuit Of The Americas
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In a race that saw the dominant driver and pole-sitter Will Power retire with a few handfuls of laps to go, rookie Colton Herta won his first career IndyCar Series races in the series’ first trip to Circuit of The Americas on Sunday. The victory makes Herta, who turns 19 later this month, IndyCar’s youngest winner.
Herta, racer Bryan Herta’s son, is the only 18-year-old with a victory since IndyCar’s previous youngest winner was a 19-year-old Graham Rahal in 2008.
Herta, who led the field on the final restart of the IndyCar Classic at COTA and didn’t give it up, won in his third-career race—his only two previous IndyCar starts were a race in 2018 and the series’ season opener St. Petersburg, Florida earlier this month, where Josef Newgarden won and Herta finished eighth. The win puts Herta second in series points behind Newgarden, and unofficial race results are here.
Herta pulled out to a huge gap over the field after inheriting the top spot and leading to the green with 10 to go, with the restart stemming from an incident involving Felix Rosenqvist. He eventually won over Newgarden by nearly three seconds, with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Rahal and Sébastien Bourdais finishing out the top five. Radio communications soon reminded Herta to thank his various sponsors and partners, as race-car drivers famously do.
But the IndyCar Classic didn’t look to be Herta’s to win—or anyone else’s, really—for most of the race. Power started on the pole and dominated the event, leading every lap until he pitted toward the end of the race. Power stalled his car in the pit box, unable to move as his team sat and worked on it. In a scene so dramatic it almost looked scripted, Power would try to get the car going, shake his head, and wait for his crew to attempt another fix.
At one point, the car made it a few feet before the head shaking commenced. Power’s team gave it one more try with a group push, but the car could only move under their power. When Power climbed out, he told the television crew that if “the yellow didn’t get us, the driveshaft did.” He finished 24th of 24.
Plenty of other drama occurred, from IndyCar’s decision not to enforce track limits to incidents on pit lane, to driver Zach Veach off-roading his car on the first lap of the race. But Herta made it through, and did so in front of everyone else, making him the series’ youngest winner.
But when he climbed out of the car, Herta didn’t quite run down his whole list of partners. Instead, he said he needed a nap.