Starting from the pole position, Colton Herta scored his first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires victory at today’s 45-lap race on the streets of St. Petersburg, driving the No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing. The American rookie and son of retired open-wheel standout Bryan Herta, earns the team its first win of the season.
Herta joins the newly-formed Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing for the 2017 season, After making his formula car debut in 2014’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda series, Herta moved to the UK-based MSA Formula series in 2015 as the youngest driver and only American. He snagged his first win at Snetterton Circuit while helping the United States to a Nations Cup win. Competing in the EuroFormula Open series in 2016, Herta earned one win and three podiums in two British Formula 3 events last season.
Today’s win is the 31st win for the Andretti Autosport Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Program. Since 2005, Andretti Autosport has earned two series titles (‘08/Matos and ’09/Hildebrand) and one Freedom 100 win (’16/Stoneman).
Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing fields one full-time entry in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires with Herta. Andretti Autosport fields three other full-time entries in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires with Nico Jamin (No. 27 Synova Mazda), Dalton Kellett (No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda) and Ryan Norman (No. 48 Flip Side Mazda).
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