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Herta Sweeps Indy Lights Races at Indianapolis

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer

INDIANAPOLIS — Despite another start that left Colton Herta mid-pack, another comeback was in the cards as Herta won the second Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race of the weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, doubling up on his win on Friday.

Polesitter Pato O’Ward led the first lap but Santi Urrutia would grab the lead on Lap 2. Meanwhile, Herta’s No. 98 Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing machine was fighting to get to the lead. Herta was fourth on the opening lap and tried to get third from Aaron Telitz but the two had contact, allowing Victor Franzoni to go to third place. Herta would get past Franzoni on Lap 7 as Urrutia continued to lead

Herta would reel in O’Ward and overtake on Lap 22 for second place but another driver was making moves. Telitz went back to sixth on the second lap of the race but was fifth on Lap 3 and fourth on Lap 14.

Both Herta and Telitz were looking to move up and move up they did. First, Telitz moved up to third on Lap 29 of 35 but four laps later, everything would change.

Herta was trying to find his way past Urrutia who aggressively defended his lead. Herta hit Urrutia after being pushed off track and although the Uruguayan spun, he managed to get back on track to finish fourth.

Herta would win over Telitz, Franzoni and Urrutia.

“Didn’t know what to expect, going into it I knew it was going to be tough on the start starting on the outside so I just tried to slot in behind and move my way forward and in the end to get the win is amazing and to win twice at Indy is just spectacular.

O’Ward still leads the points 145 to Herta’s 144. Urrutia is third on 139 points.

The next Indy Lights race is the Freedom 100 on Carb Day, May 25th.

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A 2012 graduate of LSU, Christopher DeHarde primarily focuses on the NTT IndyCar Series and the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. DeHarde has actively covered motorsports since 2014.