Colton Herta – America's next racing hero
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Colton Herta – America's next racing hero

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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.

Sporting heroes are often forgiven for braggadocio. Even the so-called humble brag, that tends to be emitted only by those too stupid to realize that objective members of the watching and listening world sees right through them, will be overlooked by the fawning fan.

Then there is the more self-aware sports star who goes too far in the opposite direction, and sounds so obsequious and modest regarding his peers or betters that it comes across as false – especially when one knows that behind the scenes, said character actually behaves like his or her effluence smells sweeter.

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