Herta takes Road America pole at 19

IndyCar

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Colton Herta became the youngest pole winner in IndyCar history Saturday, topping qualifying at Road America with a lap of 1 minute, 42.9920 seconds on the 4.014-mile circuit.

At 19 years, 83 days, Herta broke the mark of 20 years, 90 days set by Graham Rahal in 2009 at St. Petersburg.

Not bad for a driver who “hated” the way his car was handling in the first practice session of the weekend.

“We were near the back,” Herta said. “But there hasn’t been a race track that we’ve gone to that I haven’t felt comfortable with the race car or the qualifying car. I knew we could get there if we put our heads down and got to it.”

Herta, the son of former IndyCar driver Bryan Herta, raced to his first career victory in Austin, Texas, this year.

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