Colton Herta
Colton  Herta
Andretti Steinbrenner Racing
98 USA Road To Indy Graduate
98
Colton Herta
rank
2
Career stats
Mazda Road To Indy
Total Poles
10
Race Wins
6
Birthday
Mar 30, 2000
Hometown
Valencia, CA
Residence
Valencia, CA

The son of 1993 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion (and two-time Indianapolis 500-winning car owner) Bryan Herta, Colton 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. in 2017 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. Herta finished third in the title chase in his rookie season, with seven pole positions and two victories. In 2018, he battled teammate Patricio O'Ward down to the wire, finishing second in the championship with three poles, four wins and 13 podium finishes in 17 races. The pair will graduate to INDYCAR with Harding Steinbrenner Racing, a merger of Mike Harding's Harding Racing and Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing.

CAREER STATS

YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2018 Indy Lights 17 4 3 14 17 125 14
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

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First Start
September 16, 2018 (Sonoma)
First Win
First Pole

Verizon IndyCar Series

  • 2018
    • Made Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Harding Racing at the season finale at Sonoma Raceway, finishing 20th

Colton's Road To Indy

  • 2018
    • Finished 2nd in the Indy Lights Championship for Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport, with 3 poles and 4 wins over the 17-race campaign.
  • 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.