Herta surges to Road America IndyCar pole

ROAD AMERICA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - JUNE 16: #26: Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda at Road America on Friday June 16, 2023 in Elkhart Lake, United States of America. (Photo by LAT Images)

Dario Franchitti’s Road America lap record was under fire until the waning moments of Saturday’s NTT IndyCar Series qualifying session, but in the end, the Scot’s 1m39.866s standard from 2000 was preserved despite the best efforts of polesitter Colton Herta whose 1m40.1945s tour was just 0.330s shy of becoming the circuit’s new record.

Herta’s run in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda was shadowed by front-row starter Pato O’Ward in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevy who produced a 1m40.3643s run to claim second ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou (1m40.4930s), a spinning Josef Newgarden from Team Penske (1m40.9530s), Arrow McLaren’s Alexander Rossi (1m41.1854s), and Andretti’s Kyle Kirkwood in sixth.

Kirkwood was third fastest in the Firestone Fast 12 session that separated the top and bottom six to vie for pole, but the Long Beach race winner lost an engine at the end of the session and was unable to participate in the Fast Six. His Honda motor wa

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