IndyCar rookie Colton Herta scored a shock win in IndyCar’s first race at the Circuit of the Americas after long-time leader Will Power hit trouble in the pits.
Herta, the 18-year-old son of IndyCar race-winner Bryan Herta, became the championship’s youngest-ever winner and handed Harding-Steinbrenner racing their first IndyCar victory.
While Herta profited from Power’s demise, he also made his pwn moves to reach the front having qualified an excellent fourth. He moved ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay early on and pounced on the other Andretti of Alexander Rossi following a pit stop.
Round one winner Josef Newgarden extended his points lead with second place while Hunter-Reay completed the podium. Graham Rahal, formerly IndyCar’s youngest race-winner, claimed fourth position from 10th on the grid.
Rossio, who started alongside Power on the front row, slipped to ninth at the flag behind Sebastien Bourdais, Marco Andretti, Takuma Sato and Patricio O’Ward. Jack Harvey completed the top 10.
Felix Rosenqvist crashed out of the race after tangling with James Hinchcliffe in the run-off area at turn 19, and spinning into the barrier on the inside of the track.
Video: 2019 IndyCar round two: Circuit of the Americas
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