Herta becomes IndyCar’s youngest winner with Austin victory

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Colton Herta is the youngest winner in the history of the IndyCar Series. The 18-year-old (just a couple days shy of his 19th birthday) was able to keep separation against Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay in the final 13 laps for the victory in the inaugural IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas.

Herta qualified fourth this weekend at Circuit of the Americas, and benefited from a yellow flag that ended up knocking Will Power from the race.

After winning the pole-position Saturday, Power appeared to be in position for his first win of the season leading every lap before a disaster in pits. With 14 laps to go and under the yellow, the drive shaft failed on Power’s car as he was exiting pit row.

The stall out forced Power to retire in lap 46. If Power would’ve won the race, he would’ve earned an extra $100,000. COTA offered a bonus purse if the driver that won the pole also took the checkered flag. 

“Massively disapppointed after you lead so many laps,” Power told NBC Sports.

Herta is a second-generation driver and takes the youngest driver title away from Graham Rahal, who won at 19 years old. His father, Bryan Herta, raced four years in the IndyCar Series and is Colton’s crew chief. The father-son duo are sharing a new experience in Austin as first-time winners.

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