Sunday, June 23, 2019



Nineteen-year-old Colton Herta became the youngest pole qualifier in IndyCar Series history today at Road America, and will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday's REV Group Grand Prix in his Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda.


Already Indy car's youngest race winner – a mark he set in March at the Circuit of the Americas – Herta edged fellow Honda driver Alexander Rossi by just 0.1773 seconds around the four-mile Road America circuit in Saturday's Firestone "Fast Six" final round of NTT IndyCar Series "knockout" qualifying to secure his historic pole.


Graham Rahal, the former holder of both youngest race and pole winner records prior to Herta, will start his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda from fifth, with teammate Takuma Sato alongside in sixth as Honda driver's claimed four of the top-six qualifying positions.

Although failing to advance to Fast Six final qualifying, Sebastien Bourdais will start his Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda from seventh. James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti also advanced to the second qualifying round, and will start ninth and tenth, respectively. Although he advanced out of first-round qualifying, mechanical issues prevented defending series champion Scott Dixon from running in the second round, and he will start his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda from 12th.

Live network television coverage of Sunday's 55-lap REV Group Grand Prix, the 10th round of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, begins at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday on NBC.

Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda) Pole qualifier, first career IndyCar Series pole, youngest pole qualifier in Indy car history: "I'm so happy with how the day went. The #88 GESS Capstone Honda guys are all working so hard and so well together. The car was fast. This is the first time that we've had that edge in qualifying to go for pole, and I loved it. We really took advantage of it and got the best starting position for tomorrow. Now we'll keep checking the weather [the possibility of rain is in the local forecast] and make changes accordingly so we can have a great race!"

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Qualified second: "It came down to the [final lap], but that's the NTT IndyCar Series. It's what we have week in and week out, and requires perfection from both the team and the driver. It was a good day, I think in general for the #27 NAPA Andretti boys – and congratulations to [pole qualifier] Colton [Herta], he did a good job. It's unfortunate to miss out on the [championship] point [awarded to the pole winner] that we need. But that's the way it is. We're ahead of [main championship rival] Josef [Newgarden, on the starting grid] and we'll try to keep it that way."

NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix

Circuit:
Road America (4.0-mile road course) Elkhart Lake, Wis.
2018 Winner:
Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) 132.101 mph average
Weather:
Sunny, mild, breezy, 73 degrees F
Top-12 Qualifying Results:
Ps.
Driver    
Team
Manufacturer
Best Time
Notes
1.
Colton Herta-R
Harding Steinbrenner Racing
Honda
1:42.9920
140.306 mph average
2.
Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport
Honda
1:43.1693
+ 0.773 seconds
3.
Will Power
Team Penske
Chevrolet
1:43.3749
Fast Six final qualifier
4.
Josef Newgarden
Team Penske
Chevrolet
1:43.6036
Fast Six final qualifier
5.
Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterma n Lanigan
Honda
1:43.8077
Fast Six final qualifier
6.
Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Honda
1:43.8790
Fast Six final qualifier
7.
Sebastien Bourdais
DCR with Vasser-Sullivan  
Honda
1:43.2989
2nd round qualifying
8.
Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing
Chevrolet
1:43.3083
2nd round qualifying
9.
James Hinchcliffe
Arrow Schmidt Peterson 
Honda
1:43.3814
2nd round qualifying
10.
Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport
Honda
1:43.3945
2nd round qualifying
11.
Ed Jones
Ed Carpenter Racing
Chevrolet
1:43.5162
2nd round qualifying
12.
Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing
Honda
No time
Mechanical issue Q2
Other Honda Results



14.
Zach Veach
Andretti Autosport
Honda
1:43.4488
1st round, Group 2
15.
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport
Honda
1:43.6980
1st round, Group 1
17.
Marcus Ericsson-R
Arrow Schmidt Peterson 
Honda
1:43.8913
1st round, Group 1
18.
Felix Rosenqvist-R
Chip Ganassi Racing          
Honda
1:43.5038
1st round, Group 2
19.
Jack Harvey
Meyer Shank Racing
Honda
1:44.6179
1st round, Group 1
21.
Santino Ferrucci-R
Dale Coyne Racing            
Honda
1:49.3060
1st round, Group 1

SOURCE Honda Racing/HPD

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