HERTA CONTINUES TO OVERSHADOW INDYCAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
Colton Herta’s masterful debut weekend at Laguna Seca Raceway continued with a polewinning run for the IndyCar season finale in Monterey, Calif.
The rookie has been fast in every session around the historic road course and has overshadowed the IndyCar championship race, which will be decided in the finale Sunday for the 14th consecutive year.
Andretti Autosport announced right before qualifying began that Herta will be brought inside its organization next season in a fifth entry, then the 19year-old posted the fastest lap in qualifying to stack the four title contenders behind him. Scott Dixon qualified second and was followed by Alexander Rossi and Josef Newgarden. James Hinchcliffe, who is not in the championship hunt, was fifth.
Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud was sixth and lowest of the title contenders. Newgarden has a 41-point lead over Rossi in the championship standings, and Sunday’s race is worth double points.
Also Saturday, it was announced that Takuma Sato will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing next season.
Formula One: Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc claimed a third straight pole position after outpacing championship leader Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix. Leclerc clocked a lap of 1 minute, 36.217 seconds at the 3.1mile Marina Bay street circuit, beating Hamilton by 0.191 seconds. Leclerc’s teammate Sebastian Vettel was third.