Teenager Colton Herta Wins First-Ever Indy Lights Race

By Joe Jennings

St. Petersburg, Fla. – Teenager Colton Herta raced to victory in the second Indy Lights race of the weekend on the street course at St. Petersburg. For the 16-year old son of Bryan Herta, his victory came in only his second series race. A day ago, he finished second in his debut race.

Driving the Deltro Energy Mazda fielded by Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing, Herta started on the pole and led every lap on the way to victory.

“I am surprised to win this early,” the young driver said. “From testing, we knew we had the pace. We knew we had the car, and it was a matter of keeping it together. I’ve never been to this track before, so it was an amazing result.” the young driver said. “Coming out of here with the championship lead is something special and hopefully we can keep it up.”

Sporting a huge smile, his beaming father said, “I am so proud of him.”

Second place went to Santi Urrutia and third to Pato O’Ward.

Kyle Kaiser and Aaron Telitz were fourth and fifth.

Telitz won the Saturday opener. .

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