IndyCar couldn’t have picked a better way to debut at COTA than by having a rookie driver win the race, who also happens to be the son of a former driver. Colton Herta wowed dad Bryan with a late move to the lead when Will Power and Alexander Rossi were forced to pit late.
IndyCar came to COTA facing comparisons to F1, the only other top line open wheel racing series that has raced at the Texas track. For the most part, it put on a better show in terms of close racing, albeit anywhere from 10-14 seconds slower per lap. Herta may have received a break when Power and Rossi stayed out too long, but you have to be there to take the opportunity. More than just the son of a pretty savvy racer in his day, Herta is one to keep an eye on.