Herta left on the sidelines after crash halts drive for second Long Beach crown

Colton Herta could only watch as his hopes for a second Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach crown came to a grinding halt on Lap 55.

The 22-year-old Californian controlled the opening stint of the race leading the opening 28 laps. He descended to third as Alex Palou and Josef Newgarden came out ahead with quicker pitstops.

He remained in the thick of battle throughout the second stint until everything came apart on Lap 55. Determined for a strong in lap, the six-time NTT IndyCar Series winner hit a bump in Turn 9 and careened into the barrier.

He parked his No. 26 Gainbridge Andretti Autosport Honda, relegated to a 23rd place finish. He was visibly upset with himself after a strong run.

“I just broke a little bit too late,” Herta said. “Got in there, locked the right front and that’s it.”

“I mean, it’s just a stupid mistake. Like, we were definitely in that thing. You know, we were running good there in third and keeping up with Alex and Josef, so it’s unfortunate. I feel really bad.”

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