Orlando Sentinel

Herta wins IndyCar race from pole

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Colton Herta routed the field in another dominating performanc­e at Laguna Seca as Alex Palou moved one race away from the IndyCar championsh­ip. Herta won Sunday from the pole, same as he did in 2019 when IndyCar last raced the sprawling permanent road course in Monterey, California, for his second win of the season. He tied his father, Bryan, with a pair of wins at Laguna Seca, but more important, his fifth career victory moved him one past his dad’s tally. “This place is so awesome, it’s my favorite track in North America,” the Andretti Autosport driver said. Palou, meanwhile, drove a smooth and steady race for a second-place finish to widen his lead in the IndyCar standings from 25 points to 35 points over Pato O’Ward headed into next week’s finale. The 24-year-old Spaniard needed the breathing room because he’s never before seen the street course in Long Beach where the title will be decided. O’Ward did all he could and ran third behind Palou for much of the race, but he struggled on his black tires and settled for fifth. The victory by Herta gave Honda its 10th manufactur­er’s championsh­ip, fourth in a row, and came on the 25th anniversar­y of its first title — also clinched at Laguna Seca.

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