The #88 GESS Capstone Honda team was strong throughout the entire DXC Technology 600 weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Rookie pilot Colton Herta qualified the car in tenth position, then quickly worked his way toward the front of the field. By lap 85, the 19-year-old was consistently running in the top five.
The race ended prematurely for the Valencia, California, native after an incident on lap 229 of the 248-lap race. The rookie was running in third position at the time.
“Today was rough,” said Colton Herta. “But, we have so many positives from the day, too. The #88 GESS Capstone Honda was going to win that race. We had the car to win. We were so fast. We could run the high line, and we could do everything that everyone else couldn’t. Unfortunately, we got taken out of the race, and there was nothing we could do about it. The most important thing is that the car was fast, and all the crew guys were so great on the pit stops. I’m upset, but we have another opportunity in just a couple of weeks.”
“I couldn’t be prouder of Colton,” said team president, Brian Barnhart. “This was the kid’s first run on the big oval in Texas. He had never really had an opportunity to race on an oval in an Indy car because of our bad luck at the Indianapolis 500. He was so impressive. He was calm, cool and collected throughout the entire race. The engineers and crew did a great job, so the kid had a rocket ship and was going for the win on that last restart. It’s really disappointing the way it turned out. You expect more out of a situation like that than what he got. I just want can’t say enough about what Colton and the guys did.”
The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season takes a weekend break before the Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America. Practice one begins Friday, June 21st at 12:05 p.m. ET. Live race coverage will be on NBC Sports on Sunday, June 23rd at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
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
GESS International is a highly experienced and globally established renewable energy service company. With over 350 completed projects worldwide, GESS 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 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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