MADISON, Ill — Colton Herta is edging so close to a podium. He has two in his young Indy Car career. Both were wins in his rookie season a year ago. But, he only had three top five finishes all of last season as well. This year, he’s almost doubled that in half the starts.
In 18 races in 2019, Herta has three top five’s and eight top 10’s. Now that we’re through nine races in 2020, the 20 year old just scored his fourth top five finish and seventh top 10 in the doubleheader weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Herta, was fourth on Saturday and was up to fourth on Sunday before battling with Rinus VeeKay for the spot and getting out of the groove in Turn 3. He lost a couple of spots by virtue of that and would finish sixth in the end.
The young driver got track position by running his first couple of stints long. He went from ninth to the lead on his second stint on Lap 109. He pit four laps later and was up to fifth. He did it again on his final pit sequence and came out fourth.
Then, VeeKay’s move to battle him for fourth place cost him a top five.
“I think we had a really good car today, again, and a really good opportunity to get on the podium,” Herta said. “Our qualifying just hindered us, starting in 10th. We made it up about sixth and then slowly made up spots in stops and led some laps.
“We were looking pretty good there toward the end but had some contact that shuffled us back to sixth. It’s unfortunate, but that’s kind of how racing is. Sometimes it’s brutal. Until next time, hopefully we’ll be back at a racetrack real soon.”
Still, Herta has a top 10 finish in all but two starts this year in his No. 88 Honda and clearly the top Andretti Autosport driver this season. He’s fifth in points and the only AA driver even in the top 10 as we only have three race weekends left.