INDIANAPOLIS — Colton Herta heads to Indy with more momentum than anyone else in the NTT INDYCAR Series. He won the last race of the season a few weeks ago on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Now, he’s aiming to keep the momentum going through the Harvest Grand Prix.
“Definitely keep the momentum from Mid-Ohio and try to win,” Herta said ahead of this weekend’s doubleheader. “If you want to try to get Newgarden, second in the championship, we’re going to have to have two good races. He’s a little bit ahead, so we might need a little bit of help from him. If we can win both races, that will definitely help our chances.”
Herta, finished fourth in the GMR Grand Prix on this very same 2.439 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course back on July 4. He also enters with five straight top 10 finishes in the season in his No. 88 Honda including nine in 11 tries overall.
What’s remarkable is, the only two races he failed a top 10 result in was both at Iowa in July. Everywhere else, he’s been strong.
That’s why he’s fifth in the standings and a spot he’s trying to maintain for the final three races. After such a difficult year for Andretti Autosport as a whole, a top five finish in the final standings is key for them and good for momentum heading into 2021. As he said though, catching Newgarden for second would be a huge accomplishment.
I mean, I think if you’re not going for the championship, you’re kind of mindset is to win races. That’s really the mindset. Obviously don’t overextend it and throw a good result away. I have a little bit to lose.
Obviously we need to do well. If we really do want to get second place in the championship, we need to win another race. I think we do need a little bit of help from Josef on this weekend.
“If you’re not really in the championship, I think the goal for everyone should be to win races,” said Herta on if he will swing for the fences now. “That’s what we’re going to try and do. Try to get on pole, just like Mid-Ohio, then be able to lead the whole thing.”