The IndyCar championship may be decided but there is still a lot at stake in the final round at Laguna Seca this weekend.
Second-generation drivers Colton Herta and Graham Rahal claimed the front row at Mid-Ohio, while Simon Pagenaud missed qualifying after a huge crash.
Colton Herta had arguably his best race in over a year yesterday, but his fifth-place finish at Road America came as little consolation after he led the majority.
Despite leading over half of the race, Colton Herta’s bid for victory fell short as Alex Palou came from behind to claim another victory at Road America.
Colton Herta secured his first pole position of the IndyCar season at Road America to snap Alex Palou’s three round streak.
In the round-up: Colton Herta considered Formula Regional move • Shwartzman leaves Ferrari Driver Academy • Alpine to coach the next British F4 champion
In the round-up: Herta commits to Andretti until end of 2027 • Brawn surprised Mercedes haven’t won yet • F1 22 driver ratings adjusted again
F2 promoter Bruno Michel staunchly defends the FIA superlicence points system, but is a lack of critical thought serving his series’ interests?
In the round-up: FIA confirms it turned down request to grant superlicence to Herta • Alguersuari ‘clarifies’ Marko comments • Jarama could get F1 makeover
In the round-up: Red Bull call off Herta superlicence push • Rasmussen takes F1 esports third round • D’Ambrosio leaves Maserati Formula E team
Colton Herta is expected to take part in his second Formula 1 test later this year as Red Bull continue their efforts to place the IndyCar driver at their junior team next year.
Formula 1 has built a “nice” ladder for young talent which it must not ruin by giving a dispensation for an IndyCar driver to enter, says Formula E champion Nyck de Vries.
Red Bull want the FIA to make a swift decision on possible superlicence points changes as it weighs its driver options for junior team AlphaTauri.
Formula 1 team bosses’ reluctance to back a move which would ease Colton Herta’s entry into the series has been criticised by American drivers racing in IndyCar.
In the round-up: McLaren won’t prevent Herta chasing other F1 chances • Newgarden struck by engine penalty • Norris welcomes Piastri as new team mate
Colton Herta expects IndyCar to rethink the positioning of the restart zone at the Nashville street circuit after a series of crashes and near-misses at the venue’s second race.
Alexander Rossi ended his 49-race win-less run at Indianapolis after team mate Colton Herta suffered more misfortune while leading.
In the round-up: Herta and O’Ward face challenges if they get practice runs • IndyCar medical director retires • Sasahara wins first Super Formula race
Colton Herta followed his McLaren Formula 1 test in Portimao this week by securing pole position for this weekend’s Indy Toronto race.
McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says the team were “quite impressed” by IndyCar driver Colton Herta after he completed a two-day test with them this week.