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He Can't Drink But He Can Win: Herta Wins IndyCar at COTA at 18

From left: Josef Newgarden, Colton Herta and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
From left: Josef Newgarden, Colton Herta and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Photo: John Feinberg (The Checkered Flag)

Following a full-course caution, Will Power’s gearbox failing and a set of fresh tires, Colton Herta took not only the win but a new record for the IndyCar dynasty. At 18 years, 11 months, 25 days old, Herta is now the youngest driver to win an Indy race only previously held by Graham Rahal, who was 19 years, 3 months, 2 days when he won at St. Petersburg back in 2008.

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After starting in fourth, Herta kept up with the pack and averaged the fastest speed around the 60 laps with 102.271 MPH, which no doubt came from his leading of the race for the last dozen laps.

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Herta won just days before his 19th birthday.
Herta won just days before his 19th birthday.
Photo: John Feinberg (The Checkered Flag)

Herta’s win shows promise, especially with a valuable racing background under his belt from England. Herta finished third in the British F4 championship in 2015 and third in the Euroformula Open F3 championship last year, which for ages fourteen and seventeen respectively, that’s not bad considering his fight against older and more experience competitors in IndyCar. His previous background in Indy Lights, with four wins in 2018 and Top Five fourteen times, also shows his continued progress into what will no doubt be an extremely successful career.

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With this race over, Newgarden moves up to first place in the series, with Herta right behind in second and Scott Dixon in third.

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