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Alonso on Herta talk: Motorsports is much more than F1

Alpine's Fernando Alonso says IndyCar star Colton Herta should follow his own career plan amid talk over a future Formula 1 switch, pointing out "motorsport is much more than F1".

O’Ward: Herta has "everything to be successful" in Formula 1

Pato O’Ward believes fellow IndyCar driver Colton Herta “has everything to be successful” in Formula 1 amid suggestions he could make the switch with Andretti in the near future.

Danica Patrick: US needs American F1 driver, wants Herta on grid

Former IndyCar and NASCAR racer Danica Patrick says Formula 1 needs an American driver to boost its US reputation, and wants to see IndyCar star Colton Herta make the move.

Herta: “Can’t believe” he won Long Beach at his second try Long Beach
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Herta: “Can’t believe” he won Long Beach at his second try

Colton Herta says his Long Beach triumph is special because he regards the race as IndyCar’s biggest event outside of the Indianapolis 500.

“Hard to get a read” on fickle Laguna Seca, say Herta, Newgarden Laguna Seca
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“Hard to get a read” on fickle Laguna Seca, say Herta, Newgarden

Both Josef Newgarden and Colton Herta say that one of the biggest challenges at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is verifying the quality of car setup when the nature of the track can change.

“Insane” lapped-car rule has an “easy fix”, says Power

Will Power, winner of today’s IndyCar race on the IMS road course, has again called for the series to end the rule which allows cars that are about to be lapped to fight the leaders.

Devastated Herta admits: “I feel terrible… I threw it away” Nashville
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Devastated Herta admits: “I feel terrible… I threw it away”

Colton Herta admits the mistake that robbed him of potential IndyCar victory in Nashville was down to him, after looking the dominant force throughout the weekend.

Herta predicts “craziest start of the year” at Nashville Nashville
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Herta predicts “craziest start of the year” at Nashville

Andretti Autosport-Honda’s Colton Herta believes the drop of the green flag for tomorrow’s inaugural Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville will pull the trigger on IndyCar’s “craziest start of the year.”

“The best driver will win” in Nashville IndyCar, says Rosenqvist

Felix Rosenqvist believes IndyCar’s new Nashville street course is so challenging that victory will go to the best driver, while his peers concur that a track such as this emphasizes driver more than car.

IndyCar drivers relishing "violent" bumpy Nashville track

Will Power, Colton Herta, Pato O’Ward and Alex Palou have all praised the new 2.17-mile street course in Nashville, despite bumps, and despite in O’Ward’s case suffering an early shunt.

Andretti team sucker-punched by misfortune at Mid-Ohio

Despite all four Andretti Autosport-Hondas starting in the Top 10, it turned into a miserable day for Michael Andretti’s squad, with Alexander Rossi’s fifth place as the highlight.

Adapting driving style, fast stops earn Herta second place

Colton Herta said that he was “super-happy” with a runner-up finish at Road America, despite not having the pace to match Josef Newgarden and Alex Palou.

O’Ward, VeeKay, Herta talk sketchy cars, difficult passes

Pato O’Ward, Rinus VeeKay and Colton Herta had varied days at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Day 3 of practice but all concluded it’s tough to pass because the IndyCars feel so “sketchy” in dirty air.

What will it take to get American drivers in Formula 1? Prime

What will it take to get American drivers in Formula 1?

The FIA says it wants American drivers in Formula 1, but would it take an IndyCar driver to transfer or does an American need to join the European junior ladder system to get there? By David Malsher-Lopez.

Herta, Gainbridge extend Andretti contract by two years

Colton Herta will race a Gainbridge-sponsored Andretti Autosport-Honda for at least two more years, after a contract extension was signed by all parties.

Colton Herta – America's next racing hero Prime

Colton Herta – America's next racing hero

Last Sunday, Colton Herta demolished his IndyCar opposition in the second round of the season. David Malsher-Lopez explains why Andretti Autosport’s youngest ace bears all the hallmarks of becoming the country’s next homegrown motorsport hero.

Mario Andretti: America would "go crazy" over Herta in F1

Racing icon Mario Andretti believes IndyCar star Colton Herta is “Formula 1 quality” and he’s “pushing like hell” to find an opportunity for the 21-year-old with a top F1 team.

Newgarden: Herta “seems like the top gun” at Andretti

Josef Newgarden says he’s expecting St. Petersburg winner Colton Herta to be Andretti Autosport’s main contender for the championship.

Herta: “Once or twice a year you have a car that dominant”

St. Petersburg winner Colton Herta says his dominant fourth NTT IndyCar Series victory was a result of strong pitstops, good strategy – and a perfect Andretti Autosport-Honda.

Pole-winner Herta puzzled by tires, happy with family ties St. Pete
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Pole-winner Herta puzzled by tires, happy with family ties

St. Petersburg pole-winner Colton Herta says the behavior of Firestone’s softer tires surprised his team, but he was happy to deliver his first pole with his father Bryan as strategist.

Herta confident that having Dad as new strategist can work

Colton Herta says that both he and ex-Indy car racer Bryan Herta are “mellow” enough to avoid friction in their new working relationship.

Andretti Autosport confirms Herta in #26 Gainbridge entry

Andretti Autosport-Honda has announced that Colton Herta will switch to the team’s #26 car, as the Harding Steinbrenner name is dropped.

Stat attack – the final IndyCar driver standings for 2020

Scott Dixon won his sixth IndyCar championship ahead of Josef Newgarden who matched him on win count but fell short on points. Here’s how the final standings played out.

Andretti Autosport drivers stunned by disasters in St. Pete

The Andretti Autosport-Honda team’s drivers were left shocked by the run of misfortune and mistakes that cost them several winning chances in the GP of St. Petersburg.

Has Andretti Autosport truly recaptured its lost form?

Last Sunday, Andretti Autosport scored a convincing 1-2-3 finish, but it came toward the tail-end of a hugely disappointing season for the team. David Malsher-Lopez asks whether it was a genuine breakthrough or a one-off high.

Herta says even wrong tire strategy couldn’t prevent victory

Colton Herta, who today at Mid-Ohio scored his third IndyCar win and fourth pole position, says that hitting the right fuel number gave him an edge over his closely pursuing teammates, despite a hurried strategy call on tires.

Five lessons and questions from IndyCar at Iowa Iowa Prime

Five lessons and questions from IndyCar at Iowa

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series’ fifth and sixth rounds, the Iowa 250s at Iowa Speedway, generated several talking points. David Malsher-Lopez discusses the five principal topics.

Herta expects heat and double-headers will be “really tough”

Colton Herta says that it will be physically demanding to compete in four IndyCar races in eight days, especially given the dearth of airflow to the cockpits due to the aeroscreen.

Five lessons and questions from IndyCar's GP of Indianapolis

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series’ second round, the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course, generated several talking points. David Malsher-Lopez discusses the five principal topics.

Herta completes Virtual Race of Champions grid

IndyCar race winner Colton Herta will compete in the inaugural Virtual Race of Champions this weekend amongst a star-studded entry list.

Andretti Autosport ready for new look, same challenge at Texas

Rob Edwards, Andretti Autosport CEO, says the team is excited to be getting back to work as new guidelines tweak the format of the first NTT IndyCar Series round of 2020.

Mario Andretti names Herta as the next Mario Andretti

Racing legend Mario Andretti has cited Colton Herta as being “the next me”, in an article for this month’s Robb Report magazine.

Andretti Autosport trailer catches fire on road to St. Pete

The Andretti Autosport trailer carrying Colton Herta’s IndyCar to the opening round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series caught fire on the I-275 in Florida, without injury to anyone.

IndyCar 2020 hot topics: Is this Andretti Autosport’s year?

Continuing our analysis of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season's big preseason questions, we reach the nearly-guys of the last two years at Andretti Autosport. Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Colton Herta are all championship caliber, so team COO Rob Edwards explains what it will take for Michael Andretti's team to defeat Penske and Ganassi.

BMW finalises IMSA GT Le Mans class line-up

BMW has taken the wraps of its full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship line-up in the wake of the announcement that Bruno Spengler is moving to the series from the DTM.

Herta: When you win an IndyCar race, it has to be a perfect race

Colton Herta, who clinched the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna to score his second win of the IndyCar season, said he believes it was a perfect race and “definitely deserved to win.”

Herta: It would be hard to give up lead to Rossi

IndyCar finale polesitter Colton Herta admits he’s hoping not to be in a position where he has to relinquish a potential win at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in order to boost future teammate Alexander Rossi’s championship quest.

Laguna Seca IndyCar: Herta beats title contenders to pole

Colton Herta eclipsed the best efforts of the four NTT IndyCar Series contenders to score his third pole position of the season at Laguna Seca, as all four title contenders reached the Firestone Fast Six for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

Herta on dad’s defeat by Zanardi: “I thought it was a cool pass!”

Colton Herta says Alex Zanardi’s infamous pass on his father Bryan Herta at Laguna Seca’s Corkscrew in 1996 was “amazing,” but acknowledged that it probably wouldn’t be allowed in IndyCar today due to far more stringent rules about track limits.

Herta dominates second Laguna Seca test session

Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s rookie Colton Herta set a time over four tenths clear of the IndyCar field in the four-hour afternoon test session at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Portland IndyCar: Herta beats Power to pole, Newgarden slips up

Rookie Colton Herta scored his second pole position of the IndyCar season at Portland International Raceway, beating Will Power and Scott Dixon, but points leader Josef Newgarden will start in the bottom half of the field.

Portland IndyCar: Herta edges Penskes and Dixon in FP3

Colton Herta was the only driver to duck under the 58sec barrier in third practice for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Portland, going a tenth quicker than IndyCar points leader Josef Newgarden.

Herta set to stay within Andretti Autosport camp

Although Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s future remains unclear, ace rookie Colton Herta appears destined to remain an Andretti Autosport-affiliated driver, despite strong interest from three rival teams.

Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Herta fastest in FP2, Newgarden shunts

Colton Herta put the Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda at the top of the times in second IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio, while Josef Newgarden shunted as he was about to start his first flying lap on Firestone’s alternate tires.

Herta credits Andretti drivers, Road To Indy after first pole

As well as praising his Harding Steinbrenner Racing team for the gradual improvement in his car at Road America over the course of the weekend, IndyCar’s youngest ever polesitter Colton Herta also gave props to his semi-teammates at Andretti Autosport and the Road To Indy program.

Road America IndyCar: Herta beats Rossi, scores first pole

Colton Herta snatched pole position at Road America to become the youngest pole-winner in IndyCar history just three months after becoming the series’ youngest race winner.

Texas IndyCar: Herta leads, Rossi and Dixon looking strong in FP2

Colton Herta in the Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda topped the second practice session for tomorrow’s DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, but the no-tow laps of Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi suggest they are prime contenders for pole position this evening.

IndyCar GP: Herta leads Dixon in warm-up

Colton Herta emphasized the strength of his challenge in today’s IndyCar Grand Prix when he took top spot in the race day warm-up by almost four-tenths of a second.

Herta tops Honda test on IMS road course

Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s rookie Colton Herta led the 14-car manufacturer test for Honda on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, beating reigning champion Scott Dixon.

Herta leads rookies, Alonso gets first Indy laps of 2019

Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda’s Colton Herta set the pace in the Rookies and Refreshers segment of today’s test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Chevy made a faltering start.

Long Beach IndyCar: Herta leads warm-up

Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda’s Colton Herta grabbed top spot in raceday warm-up for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, beating Marco Andretti by quarter of a second.

Newgarden draws career parallels with "phenomenal" Herta

Josef Newgarden has drawn parallels between his own career and that of IndyCar's newest youngest-ever race winner Colton Herta, following Herta's Circuit of the Americas triumph.

Herta: “I’ve been bit by the bug; one isn’t enough”

Colton Herta – IndyCar’s newest winner and the youngest in Indy car history –  has pledged to go for a second triumph at Barber Motorsports Park after his Circuit of the Americas success.

COTA IndyCar: Herta becomes series' youngest ever winner

Colton Herta, aged 18 years, 11 months and 25 days, became the youngest ever winner of an Indy car race at the Circuit of the Americas, as strong pace and perfect strategy allowed him to benefit from misfortune for Will Power and Alexander Rossi.

Herta admits “big rookie mistake” but hopeful for COTA

NTT IndyCar Series rookie Colton Herta says his drive in the season-opening St Petersburg race should have been a top five or even a podium finish if he had avoided a crucial error and/or hadn’t been disqualified from the Firestone Fast Six.

Herta’s IndyCar potential “justifies” Andretti investment in HSR

Colton Herta’s speed and ultimate potential explains why Andretti Autosport has entered into a technical partnership with Harding Steinbrenner Racing in 2019, according to Andretti COO Rob Edwards.

Herta’s amazing test pace was real, says top Andretti engineer

Ray Gosselin, race engineer for Ryan Hunter-Reay, says Colton Herta’s incredible speed during the NTT IndyCar Series Spring Training was genuine.

Herta on top again in Wednesday morning session

Colton Herta, the 2018 Indy Lights runner-up, went three-for-three in leading the IndyCar Spring Training session in the morning of Day 2.

Herta stays top of IndyCar Spring Training with startling lap

Colton Herta laid down a 1min46.6258sec lap at Circuit of The Americas to hold onto his top spot in IndyCar Spring Training in the solo Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda entry.

IndyCar’s big questions of 2019

As the NTT IndyCar Series gathers at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the first large group test of 2019, David Malsher looks at some of the main topics to watch in the season ahead.