The #88 GESS Capstone Honda will compete in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26. Rookie Colton Herta qualified in fifth position for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and will start in the second of eleven rows.
With a qualifying time of 229.086 mph, Herta was the quickest Honda qualifier and fastest of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 rookie class. He hopes to become the 11th rookie to win the race.
“It’s been a really great month for the #88 GESS Capstone Honda and Harding Steinbrenner Racing guys,” said team president, Brian Barnhart. “I’m really proud of everyone on the team. Colton has done a fantastic job, and the team continues to work so well together. I’m looking forward to Carb Day and to being part of Colton Herta’s first Indianapolis 500 as it should be very special for him. I hope for a fast and safe race for everyone.”
The 19-year-old became the youngest winner in NTT IndyCar Series history when he won the inaugural INDYCAR Classic at the Circuit of the Americas on March 24, 2019. On Sunday, he will have another opportunity to make history. If he wins, he will be the youngest Indianapolis 500 Champion. 1952 Indianapolis 500 Champion, Troy Ruttman, won at age 22 years and 80 days and holds the current record.
“This is a moment I have waited for my entire life,” said Colton Herta. “I’ve been coming to the race since I was a little kid and now, I finally have the opportunity to start race and that’s incredible. We’re starting on the second row, so that’s even cooler. We have a good chance to win this thing because we have a really fast car, and everyone has been working so hard this month. Now we’re let’s take the #88 GESS Capstone Honda to Victory Lane!”
Race day pre-race coverage begins at 9:00 a.m. ET on NBC Sports. Coverage will transfer to NBC from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET. Green flag for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 is set for 12:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 26th.
About Harding Steinbrenner Racing
Indianapolis based Harding Steinbrenner Racing is led by Indianapolis businessman Mike Harding and George Michael Steinbrenner IV. Former head of the NTT IndyCar Series Race Control, Brian Barnhart is team president 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 Capstone Turbine Corporation
Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq: CPST) is the world’s leading producer of highly efficient, low-emission, resilient microturbine energy systems. Capstone microturbines serve multiple vertical markets worldwide, including natural resources, energy efficiency, renewable energy, critical power supply, transportation and microgrids. Capstone offers a comprehensive product lineup, providing scalable systems focusing on 30 kWs to 10 MWs that operate on a variety of gaseous or liquid fuels and are the ideal solution for today’s distributed power generation needs. To date, Capstone has shipped over 9,000 units to 73 countries and have saved customers an estimated $253 million in annual energy costs and 350,000 tons of carbon.
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 became the youngest winner in NTT IndyCar Series history after winning the INDYCAR Classic. He has also won the 2019 Rolex 24 Hours IMSA race with the Rahal Letterman Racing team and placed second in the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship with four wins, three pole positions and 13 podium finishes.
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