COLTON HERTA

RACING | LIFESTYLE

ON TRACK

BACKGROUND

At just 21 years of age, Colton Herta enters his third season of INDYCAR racing in 2021, driving the No. 26 GAINBRIDGE Honda for Andretti Autosport.  Coming off his record-setting Rookie season, Herta challenged for the 2020 title through the final round and finished third in the NTT INDYCAR Series Championship with one victory, 1 pole position and 11 top-ten finishes in his sophomore season.  In 2019,  Herta became the youngest winning INDYCAR driver in INDYCAR history after his victory at Circuit of The Americas in 2019 with Harding Steinbrenner Racing by winning at 18 years, 359 days old. He also holds the record as youngest pole winner in Indy car competition with his first pole award at Road America at the age of 19 years, 83 days. The California-native went on to collect a second victory at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season finale at Laguna Seca and two additional pole positions at Portland and Laguna Seca, finishing seventh in the championship standings. Driving with BMW Team RLL Colton co-drove to victory in the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona. In 2018 he won the Indy Lights Freedom 100 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Colton Herta is the youngest driver in American history to have won major events at two of America’s most iconic tracks, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway.

 

CAREER

ON-TRACK HIGHLIGHTS

2020: Competed in Rolex 24 At Daytona in GT Le Mans class with BMW Team RLL

2019: Won the Rolex 24 At Daytona in GT Le Mans class with BMW Team RLL…Competed in two other endurance events in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship events with BMW Team RLL, finishing third in class at Road Atlanta.

Finished seventh in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, winning at Circuit of The Americas and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca…Won three poles (Road America, Portland and Laguna Seca)…With the win at COTA became the youngest driver to win an INDYCAR race (18 years, 11 months, 25 days) and with the pole at Road America Youngest driver to earn a pole position (19 years, 83 days)…Led 144 laps in four races.

2018: Finished second in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Championship for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing with four wins, including the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway…Became first Indy Lights driver to sweep the Month of May, winning both doubleheader races on the IMS Road Course and the Freedom 100…Named to BMW Junior Program, testing a Formula E car with Andretti Autosport and serving as test and reserve driver for BMW Team RLL. 

Made his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut at Sonoma with Harding Racing… Tested an Indy car for Harding Racing at Portland International Raceway.

2017: Finished third in Indy Lights for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing, earning series Rookie of the Year honors…Won two races (St. Petersburg-2 and Barber)…Won series-best seven pole positions and led a series-best 143 laps…Earned a total of seven podium finishes.

2016: Finished third in the Euroformula Open championship with four wins, five pole positions and four fastest laps…Also competed in British Formula 3 with a win in four races.

2015: Finished third in 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 because of age restriction…Earned six top-10 finishes…Competed in AsiaCup Formula BMW, taking one win and one pole.

2013: Won the Pacific F2000 Series championship with 10 wins, 10 poles. 11 fastest laps and 15 podiums…Finished second in the Skip Barber Summer Series, earning five wins, six poles and 13 podiums.

Early career: Won first of two SKUSA karting title at age 10, winning TAG Cadet champion in 2010 and 2011…Won a pair of IKF Championships, including KPV2 title in 2012, and was a multi-time winner of the IKF Grand Nationals…Won numerous regional karting races and championships.

LIFESTYLE

LIFESTYLE

When Colton’s not racing or thinking about racing he enjoys hardcore punk music, cycling, running, surfing, golf and playing video games. Colton’s talent isn’t limited to racing, he also plays drums in a rock band called The Zibs, which toured the West Coast in 2019.