Is this weekend Colton Herta’s race to lose?

Colton Herta’s future in the NTT IndyCar Series is like watching an exhilarating roller coaster. After he dominated on these same St. Pete streets last April (he led 97 of 100 laps), his name was being mentioned as a possible driver that could be the next great American F1 star.

But, by time we got to May, Herta had reached a new contract agreement to stay at Andretti Autosport. He said then that F1 hadn’t really resonated as a potential destination for him since Indy Car is where he and his family have made names for themselves.

However, by late summer, rumors started flying that Andretti Autosport would enter F1 in 2022 and buyout Alfa Romero Sauber. They’d take Herta with them.

Both sides confirmed that was the plan before it fell through. So, back Herta was for the 2022 season with all eyes on a series championship. Now though, it appears that if everything goes through again, Andretti will be in F1 for 2024.

Colton Herta celebrates his St. Pete win last year – Photo Credit INDYCAR Media Site

So, that’s two years left of Herta in INDYCAR and if he wants to earn a superlicense, he has to perform well in 2022 and again in 2023 here. That begins on Sunday on the street of St. Pete.

He led 43 of 85 laps in his Long Beach win to close out the season last year. That plus 97 of 100 laps in a win here a year ago means that this is his race. Plus, since 2015, every winner went back-to-back.

Is Herta next?

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