The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

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