Herta, Rossi Sweep Front Row for Honda in Road America Qualifying

Colton Herta becomes youngest pole qualifier in Indy car history
Alexander Rossi completes front row qualifying sweep for Honda
Teammates Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato file our third starting row as Honda drivers take four of the top-six qualifying positions

 

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 22, 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 teammateTakuma 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 secondIt 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