Friday, September 22, 2023

Colton Herta Paces IndyCar Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Colton Herta driving his No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Colton Herta was the quickest out of an eight car field during a test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Image courtesy of Chris Owens / Penske Entertainment

Colton Herta laid down the fastest lap during Thursday’s test session on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

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The 22-year-old California native and winner of this year’s GMR Grand Prix at Indy ran 63 laps and the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda posted a time of 1m10.5574s around the 2.439-mile road course.

Riding off the momentum of the last three races, Alexander Rossi placed second with a time 0.1923s behind his teammate. Typical for tests with a low car amount, nothing occurred other than cars attacking the track lap after lap. However, Rossi did make contact with a bird on the track.

Rossi’s future Arrow McLaren SP partner, Pato O’Ward, followed and finished up in third sitting 0.2324s slower than Herta. O’Ward’s current teammate, Felix Rosenqvist, who announced on Thursday he will remain with McLaren for 2023 and beyond, put a lap down that was fourth quickest and logged the most amount of laps with 94 on the board.

Andretti had all of their cars present at the track during the session.

Romain Grosjean rounded out the top five.

The eight hour session was in preparation for next month’s Gallagher Grand Prix, where the NTT IndyCar Series heads back home to run a second race on the season at the Brickyard’s road course. The test also wraps up the second of two this week, the other took place at the Iowa Speedway on Monday.

All Times (Unofficial)

  1. (26) Colton Herta 1:10.5574 (63 laps)
  2. (27) Alexander Rossi 1:10.7497 (78 laps)
  3. (5) Pato O’Ward 1:10.7898 (79 laps)
  4. (7) Felix Rosenqvist 1:10.8142 (94 laps)
  5. (28) Romain Grosjean 1:11.1413 (77 laps)
  6. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco 1:11.1413 (61 laps)
  7. (14) Kyle Kirkwood 1:11.4427 (60 laps)
  8. (16) Simona De Silvestro 1:11.8523 (91 laps)
Matt Narváez
Matt Narváez
Matthew is a NASCAR contributor apart of the team. A fan of racing since 2011, he has had passion for sports journalism since 2015 and is a current Mass Communications student at the University of South Florida.

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