Bryan Herta

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Bryan Herta
Bryan Herta 2004 Indianapolis 500 Third Qual Day.JPG
Bryan Herta at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2004.
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg American
Born (1970-05-23) May 23, 1970 (age 49)
Warren, Michigan, U.S.
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active2003–2006
Teams Andretti Green Racing
Starts58
Wins2
Poles3
Best finish8th in 2005
CART Championship Car
Years active1994–2001, 2003
Teams A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Chip Ganassi Racing
Team Rahal
Walker Racing
Mo Nunn Racing
Zakspeed/Forsythe Racing
PK Racing
Starts121
Wins2
Poles7
Best finish8th in 1996 & 1998
Previous series
2005–2006
1992–1993
1990–1991
A1 Grand Prix
Indy Lights
Barber Saab Pro Series
Championship titles
1993
1991
Indy Lights champion
Barber Saab Pro Series champion

Bryan John Herta (born May 23, 1970, in Warren, Michigan) is an American race car driver. He currently runs his own team, Bryan Herta Autosport in the NTT IndyCar Series. His team won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon and the 2016 Indianapolis 500 with driver Alexander Rossi. He is the father of IndyCar Series driver Colton Herta.

Contents

Racing career

CART/Champ Cars/IndyCars

Bryan Herta driving for Team Rahal at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 1996 Brian-herta mid-ohio 08-10-1996.jpg
Bryan Herta driving for Team Rahal at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 1996

Herta enjoyed considerable success in the lower formulae, winning the Barber Formula Ford and Barber Saab Pro Series, and dominating the 1993 Indy Lights championship with Tasman Motorsports.

He graduated to IndyCar racing in 1994 with team owner A. J. Foyt, where he had several promising races before suffering a season-ending injury at Toronto.

In 1995, Herta was hired to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing. Despite a pole at Phoenix, the association was unsuccessful, with Herta managing only a 20th place in the series standings while his teammate Jimmy Vasser finished 8th. Even so, Herta landed a top ride with Team Rahal for the 1996 season.

During the next few years, Herta developed a reputation for his prowess on road courses, especially at Laguna Seca Raceway. In 1996, he was the leader until the last lap, when Alex Zanardi made the spectacular pass through the "Corkscrew" chicane and took the victory. Herta, who rarely qualified below the first row at Laguna Seca, finally won two events on the twisty road course in 1998 and 1999. At the height of Herta's career, fan interest in the Shell-sponsored driver was dubbed by team owner David Letterman as "Hertamania."

Bryan Herta's #77 Forsythe Championship Racing car in 2001 BryanHerta 2001.jpg
Bryan Herta's #77 Forsythe Championship Racing car in 2001

In the opening laps of the 1998 event at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America circuit, Herta was involved in one of the scariest incidents in the history of North American motor racing. In the 4-mile (6.4 km) road course's fifth turn, Herta got too close to the back of the car of co-owner Rahal, and spun out into a paved runoff area, facing oncoming traffic. A few seconds later, an ESPN camera that had zoomed in on Herta's head pulled back when Herta clenched his fists and put them against the sides of his head. As course workers scattered, Alex Barron slid into the front of Herta's car and rode up on top of it. Both drivers were okay. Herta reported that Barron's car had actually hit his hands, only inches from his face.

From 2000 to 2003, Herta drove for a variety of Champ Car teams including Forsythe Championship Racing, Mo Nunn Racing, and PK Racing, but never quite regained his form from the late 1990s. In 2002 Herta drove an F1 car for the first time, piloting a Minardi at the "Thunder in the Park" event held at Donington Park. This led to speculation that he would test and even race for Minardi in F1, however this never happened.

IRL IndyCar Series

After dabbling in sports cars, he revitalized his open-wheel racing career by substituting for an injured Dario Franchitti halfway through the 2003 IRL season.

In just his third IRL start, Herta picked up his first IndyCar Series win at Kansas Speedway for Andretti Green Racing. He was retained in an expanded four-car squad in 2004, usually running development engines. On July 31, 2005, Herta took his second IndyCar Series win, defeating AGR teammate Dan Wheldon in a close finish in the Firestone Indy 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.

In early 2006, he drove at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Fundidora Park for A1 Team USA in the A1 Grand Prix series before returning to Andretti Green for the IRL season.

As of 2006, Herta has started in the Indianapolis 500 five times (1994–1995, 2004–2006) with three top ten finishes, including a best of 3rd in 2005. Bryan has his helmets painted by AliveDesignCo.com

Sports cars

On October 31, 2006, Herta was confirmed as a driver for Andretti Green Racing's new Acura Le Mans prototype program for the 2007 American Le Mans Series season. He shared the car with Marino Franchitti, brother of his former teammate Dario Franchitti. On January 3, 2007, it was announced that Dario would also drive a limited ALMS programme with both Marino and Herta. Herta finished the season 7th in driver points with 1 class win. He also drove for A1 Team USA. At the event in Australia, Herta scored a 10th-place finish.

After racing

Since retiring from racing, Herta served as a driver coach for Vision Racing and founded a Firestone Indy Lights Series team named Bryan Herta Autosport, which has a technical alliance with Vision Racing's Indy Lights team. In 2009, the team fielded a full-time entry for Daniel Herrington. The team campaigned Sebastian Saavedra for eleven races of the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season and the Indianapolis 500. In 2011 the team fielded a car for Dan Wheldon in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 which resulted in a stunning victory, and a full-time entry in Indy Lights for Duarte Ferreira.

For the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, Alex Tagliani ran the 500. The team switched to a Honda powered DW12 in May 2012 for the remainder of the season.

In 2016 Herta partnered with Michael Andretti as a co-owner and won the 2016 Indianapolis 500. Their car was driven by series rookie Alexander Rossi.

Herta's son, Colton, is also a racing driver, and made his IndyCar debut in 2019 with Harding Steinbrenner Racing. In March 2019, Colton became the youngest ever IndyCar winner in the second round at the Circuit of the Americas. [1]

Personal life

Herta has two children with his wife Janette, Colton and Calysta. [2]

Career racing results

American Open Wheel

(key)

Indy Lights

YearTeam123456789101112RankPoints
1992 Landford Racing PHX
16
LBH
13
DET
7
POR
7
MIL
6
NHA
4
TOR
1
CLE
2
VAN
5
MDO
4
NAZ
3
LS
2
5th120
1993 Tasman Motorsports PHX
2
LBH
3
MIL
1
DET
2
POR
4
CLE
1
TOR
1
NHA
13
VAN
1
MDO
1
NAZ
1
LS
1
1st213

CART results

YearTeamChassisEngine123456789101112131415161718192021RankPoints
1994 A. J. Foyt Enterprises Lola T94/00 Ford XB V8 t SRF PHXLBH INDY
9
MIL
10
DET
9
POR
Ret
CLE
13
TOR
DNS
MISMDONHMVANROANZRLS23rd11
1995 Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 95i Ford XB V8 t MIA
10
SRF
Ret
PHX
Ret
LBH
Ret
NZR
Ret
INDY
13
MIL
Ret
DET
Ret
POR
Ret
ROA
14
TOR
Ret
CLE
2
MIS
Ret
MDO
5
NHM
19
VAN
16
LS
Ret
20th30
1996 Team Rahal Reynard 96i Mercedes-Benz IC108C V8 t MIA
10
RIO
13
SRF
Ret
LBH
12
NZR
11
500
Ret
MIL
14
DET
13
POR
Ret
CLE
5
TOR
6
MIS
2
MDO
4
ROA
5
VAN
6
LS
2
8th86
1997 Team Rahal Reynard 97i Ford XD V8 t MIA
10
SRF
Ret
LBH
6
NZR
7
RIO
6
STL
Ret
MIL
15
DET
7
POR
21
CLE
3
TOR
17
MIS
5
MDO
Ret
ROA
Ret
VAN
8
LS
6
FON
Ret
11th72
1998 Team Rahal Reynard 98i Ford XD V8 t MIA
8
MOT
Ret
LBH
3
NZR
8
RIO
4
STL
Ret
MIL
11
DET
Ret
POR
3
CLE
Ret
TOR
5
MIS
10
MDO
Ret
ROA
Ret
VAN
Ret
LS
1*
HOU
8
SRF
10
FON
Ret
8th97
1999 Team Rahal Reynard 99i Ford XD V8 t MIA
10
MOT
Ret
LBH
3
NZR
Ret
RIO
13
STL
Ret
MIL
Ret
POR
6
CLE
6
ROA
Ret
TOR
15
MIS
Ret
DET
9
MDO
Ret
CHI
8
VAN
Ret
LS
1*
HOU
5
SRF
4
FON
14
12th84
2000 Walker Racing Reynard 2Ki Honda HR-0 V8 t MIALBH
5
RIO
Ret
MOTNZRMIL DET 18th26
Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz IC108F V8 t POR
16
CLE
9
TOR
Ret
MIS CHIMDOROAVAN
Forsythe Championship Racing Ford XF V8 t LS
4
STLHOU SRF FON
2001 Zakspeed
Forsythe Championship Racing
Reynard 01i Ford XF V8 t MTY
16
LBH
10
TXS
NH
NZR
Ret
MOT
Ret
MIL
Ret
DET
Ret
POR
14
CLE
3
TOR
Ret
22nd28
Forsythe Championship Racing MIS
5
CHI
21
MDO
Ret
ROA
Ret
VAN
17
LAU
Ret
ROC
15
HOU
13
LS
12
SRF
18
FON
Ret
2003 PK Racing Lola B02/00 Ford XFE V8 t STP MTY LBH BRH LAU MIL LS
11
POR CLE TOR VAN ROA MDO MTL DEN MIA MXC SRF 25th2

CART career summary

YearTeamWinsPointsChampionship Finish
1994 A.J. Foyt Enterprises 01123rd
1995 Chip Ganassi Racing 03020th
1996 Team Rahal 0868th
1997 Team Rahal 07211th
1998 Team Rahal 1978th
1999 Team Rahal 18412th
2000 Forsythe/Walker/Mo Nunn 02618th
2001 Forsythe Championship Racing 02822nd
2003 PK Racing 0225th

2 wins, Best championship result: 8th

IndyCar Series results

YearTeamChassisEngine1234567891011121314151617RankPoints
2003 Andretti Green Racing Dallara IR-03 Honda HI3R V8 HMSPHXMOT INDY
Inj
TXS
5
PPIRRIR
14
KAN
1
NSH
12
MIS
19
STL
21
KTY
3
NZR
3
CHI
3
FON
22
TX2
5
13th227
2004 Andretti Green Racing Dallara IR-04 Honda HI4R V8 HMS
13
PHX
7
MOT
14
INDY
4
TXS
19
RIR
4
KAN
5
NSH
18
MIL
9
MIS
6
KTY
9
PPIR
9
NZR
8
CHI
2
FON
17
TX2
16
9th362
2005 Andretti Green Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI5R V8 HMS
14
PHX
7
STP
4
MOT
5
INDY
3
TXS
10
RIR
8
KAN
15
NSH
22
MIL
6
MIS
1
KTY
19
PPIR
12
SNM
13
CHI
14
WGL
8
FON
11
8th397
2006 Andretti Green Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI6R V8 HMS
13
STP
4
MOT
6
INDY
20
WGL
13
TXS
11
RIR
6
KAN
13
NSH
11
MIL
7
MIS
11
KTY
10
SNM
10
CHI
15
11th289

IndyCar Series career summary

YearTeamWinsPointsChampionship Finish
2003 Andretti Green Racing 127713th
2004 Andretti Green Racing 03629th
2005 Andretti Green Racing 13978th
2006 Andretti Green Racing 028911th

2 wins, best championship result: 8th

Indianapolis 500

YearChassisEngineStartFinishTeam
1994 Lola T94/00 Ford XB V8 t 229 A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1995 Reynard 95i Ford XB V8 t 3313 Chip Ganassi Racing
2003 Dallara IR-03 Honda HI3R V8 Injured Andretti Green Racing
2004 Dallara IR-04 Honda HI4R V8 234 Andretti Green Racing
2005 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI5R V8 183 Andretti Green Racing
2006 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI6R V8 1620 Andretti Green Racing

Complete American Le Mans Series results

YearEntrantClassChassisEngineTyres123456789101112RankPoints
2002 Panoz Motor Sports LMP900 Panoz LMP01 Evo Élan 6L8 6.0L V8 M SEB
ovr:8
cls:7
SON
ovr:3
cls:3
MID
ovr:4
cls:4
AME
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
WAS
ovr:6
cls:6
TRO
ovr:4
cls:4
MOS
ovr:5
cls:5
MON
ovr:6
cls:6
MIA
ovr:11
cls:8
PET
ovr:5
cls:5
10th153
2003 Team NasamaxLMP900 Reynard 01Q Cosworth XDE 2.6L Turbo V8
(Bio-ethanol)
G SEB
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
ATL SON TRO MOS AME MON MIA PET NC0
2007 Andretti Green Racing LMP2 Acura ARX-01a Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB
ovr:2
cls:1
STP
ovr:21
cls:7
LNB
ovr:6
cls:6
TEX
ovr:2
cls:2
UTA
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
LIM
ovr:7
cls:6
MID
ovr:10
cls:7
AME
ovr:9
cls:7
MOS
ovr:5
cls:3
DET
ovr:19
cls:8
PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON
ovr:6
cls:4
13th98
2008 Andretti Green Racing LMP2 Acura ARX-01b Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB
ovr:18
cls:6
STP
ovr:6
cls:5
LNB
ovr:6
cls:4
UTA
ovr:8
cls:7
LIM MID AME MOS DET PET MON 24th38

24 Hours of Le Mans results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
2002 Flag of the United States.svg Panoz Motor Sports Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Brabham
Flag of Denmark.svg Jan Magnussen
Panoz LMP01 Evo LMP90090DNFDNF

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrant12345678910111213141516171819202122DCPoints
2005–06 USA GBR
SPR
GBR
FEA
GER
SPR
GER
FEA
POR
SPR
POR
FEA
AUS
SPR

15
AUS
FEA

10
MYS
SPR

10
MYS
FEA

7
UAE
SPR
UAE
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
MEX
SPR

6
MEX
FEA

13
USA
SPR

9
USA
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
16th23

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  2. http://news.honda.com/newsandviews/article.aspx?id=2003101032315
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rob Wilson
Barber Saab Pro Series Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Robert Amren
Preceded by
Robbie Buhl
Indy Lights Champion
1993
Succeeded by
Steve Robertson