The #88 GESS International car ran strong along the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the first 15 laps of the INDYCAR Grand Prix. Nineteen-year-old Colton Herta finished Friday’s practice two and Saturday morning warm-up in first position after qualifying the Honda-powered Indy car in fourth position yesterday. After the first restart on lap 15, contact was made resulting in an early retirement.
“Today was another disappointing day on the race track,” said Colton Herta. “The #88 GESS International guys can keep their heads up high because it wasn’t anyone’s fault on our team. The guys worked flawlessly all weekend again and provided me with a great car for the INDYCAR Grand Prix. I’m tired of not finishing a race, so hopefully we get a good finish for the Indianapolis 500 at the end of the month. “
“It’s a really disappointing weekend result because the car had great pace on Friday and Saturday. Colton just did a fantastic job and we were looking for a competitive result based on how strong the car and Colton were. I thought it was great that he stuck his nose on the restart to try to go for position to move forward. With the next turn being a left turn, I feel like he could have gotten a bit more room. Onwards to the biggest race in the world for the 103rd Indianapolis 500!”
The Harding Steinbrenner Racing team will switch their focus to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in preparation for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26. Practice begins on Tuesday, May 14th and will be available on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold.
About Harding Steinbrenner Racing
Indianapolis based Harding Steinbrenner Racing is led by Indianapolis businessman Mike Harding and George Michael Steinbrenner IV. Brian Barnhart is team president, and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. serves the team as executive consultant. Harding Steinbrenner will compete on a full-time basis in the 2019 IndyCar Series with Colton Herta, driver of the #88 Honda-powered Indy car.
About GESS International North Carolina, Inc.
GESS International North Carolina, Inc. (GESS) is a highly experienced and globally established renewable energy service company. With over 350 completed projects worldwide, GESS, Inc. has over 21 years of expertise in providing energy efficient solutions using co-generation and renewable energy resources such as solar and biogas. From consulting to managing operations of completed projects, GESS, Inc. offers design and implementation solutions with a direct economic impact for its customers and their communities.
About Colton Herta
Colton Herta began racing go-karts at the age of four. At 12, he turned to cars and promptly won the Pacific F1600 Series championship and finished second in the Skip Barber Summer Series. At 16 years old, the Valencia, California, native quickly impressed by winning the second race of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship 2017 season. That year he also led the series with seven pole positions, set five new track records and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Most recently, Herta won the Rolex 24 Hours IMSA race with the Rahal Letterman Racing team and placed second in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship with four wins, three pole positions and 13 podium finishes.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!