Colton Herta
Colton  Herta
Andretti Steinbrenner Racing
98 USA
Colton Herta
Career stats
Mazda Road To Indy
Total Poles
Race Wins
Mar 30, 2000
Valencia, CA
Valencia, CA

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.


2018 Indy Lights 14 4 2 11 14 47 11
2017 Indy Lights 16 2 7 9 13 143 13
2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 12 0 0 2 6 0 10

RAF = Running at Finish



First Start
April 26, 2014 (Barber)
First Win
March 12, 2017 (St. Petersburg)
First Pole
March 11, 2017 (St. Petersburg)

Colton's Road To Indy

  • 2017
    • Finished third in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires earning Rookie of the Year honors
    • Won two races (the second race of the season at St. Petersburg, Fla., and the 400th Indy Lights race at Barber Motorsports Park)
    • Led the series in pole positions (seven) and led a series high 143 laps
    • Earned a total of seven podium finishes
    • Set five new track records.
  • 2016
    • Finished third in the Euroformula Open championship with four wins, five pole positions and four fastest laps
    • Competed in British Formula 3 with one win in four races.
  • 2015
    • Finished third in the British Formula 4 championship, earning four wins, three pole positions and eight fastest laps.
  • 2014
    • Finished 15th in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda despite missing the first race weekend due to age restrictions, earning six top 10 finishes
    • Competed in the AsiaCup Formula BMW, taking one victory and a pole position
  • 2013
    • Won the Pacific F1600 Series championship with 10 wins, 10 poles, 11 fastest laps and 15 podiums
    • Finished second in the Skip Barber Summer Series, earning five victories, six poles, five fastest laps and 13 podiums.
  • 2012
    • Competed in the SuperKarts USA Tag Jr., IKF Junior class with multiple wins and poles
    • Took the IKF KPV2 Championship
  • 2011
    • Won the SuperKarts USA Tag Cadet class championship with three wins and four pole positions
    • Earned the International Kart Federation championship with multiple regional wins and poles, and one win and three poles at IKF Grand Nationals
    • Competed in the Champion ProKart Challenge with five wins and five poles
    • Finished sixth in the ROK World Finals in Lonato, Italy.
  • 2010
    • Earned the Superkarts USA Tag Cadet championship
    • Was double champion in the IKF Grand Nationals and triple champion in the IKF Region 7 Series
Steinbrenner Racing

Two names rich in heritage and synonymous with winning have partnered to bring a successful legacy into the world of American-open wheel racing. Newly launched Steinbrenner Racing will join forces in 2017 with racing veterans Andretti Autosport to field an entry in the open-wheel “AAA series” of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

This venture will be a maiden voyage in open-wheel racing for the Steinbrenner family, whose name became a cornerstone of America’s favorite pastime when George Michael Steinbrenner III purchased the New York Yankees in 1973.

“I have been around Indy car racing for nearly half of my young life as a fan and enthusiast,” said Steinbrenner Racing team principal George Michael Steinbrenner IV. “Andretti Autosport always seemed to have a prestige in how they operate and present themselves that mirrors that of the Yankees. The legacy of the Andretti name and the success and wide reach of the Andretti brand is as impressive as you will find in the world of motor racing.”

“Partnering with a name as iconic as Steinbrenner is really something I’m looking forward to,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “George Michael (Steinbrenner IV) has a great vision for his race team, just as his grandfather had for the Yankees. We are looking forward to having George Michael join us in our Indianapolis office in a very hands-on role with the team. I think together the partnership can continue to grow in motorsport, and it is only fitting that we begin by entering a car into the Mazda Road to Indy [Presented by Cooper Tires] program with Indy Lights.”

Completing the entry will be second-generation racer Colton Herta as he joins the Andretti Steinbrenner team to pilot the No. 98 Mazda for his 2017 rookie season of Indy Lights competition.