The son of 1993 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion (and two-time Indianapolis 500-winning car owner) Bryan Herta began racing soon after he learned to walk. Moving from dirt bikes to karts to open wheel, including the Pacific F1600 series (which he won in 2013), Herta first joined the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires in 2014. He missed the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season opener due to age requirements but went on to capture six top-10 finishes in his rookie year. But at the end of the season, he made the decision to move to England to fulfill a dream of racing in Europe. Herta finished third in the British F4 championship in 2015 and third in the Euroformula Open F3 championship last year.
He returned to the U.S. last season behind the wheel of a new Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires team, Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing, a joint effort between Andretti Autosport and George Michael Steinbrenner IV, grandson of longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
Education: High School Senior
Hobbies: Racing, soccer, cycling, training, snowboarding
Racing Goal: To win the Indy 500 and the Verizon IndyCar Series championship
Racing Hero: Dan Wheldon
Fitness: Gym, running, cycling
Interesting Note: Started racing cars at age 12
Snapshot: I am a true American racer, bleeding red, white and blue. I began racing when I was only 4 years old and it became my niche. When I was 15 years old, I moved to Europe to compete in British F4, British F3 and Euroformula Open. I’ve always wanted to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and competing in Indy Lights creates the perfect path to pursue that dream. Besides racing, when I was growing up I always had a passion for soccer. I started playing when I was 5 and kept going until I was 11. I’ve always thought it was a great way to keep fit and still have fun. I am a big fan of Chelsea FC. I am also very family oriented and enjoy spending my spare time with my brother, sister, mom and dad.