For the second straight afternoon, Colton Herta got a bad start but then tracked down Santi Urruita to score an impressive victory and close up the Indy Lights championship.
After sweeping the two 35-lap features around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, Herta vaulted into second place — only one point behind Pato O’Ward heading into the Freedom 100 on May 25.
After charging from the back of the seven-car field and making a bodacious outside pass of Urrita on Friday to take his first win of the season, Herta handled things a little differently Saturday. Starting second, he fell back to fifth and then started carving his way forward.
The 18-year-old Californian picked off Victor Franzoni, Aaron Telitz and pole-sitter O’Ward before pulling behind Urrita.
Urrita used his swerving, blocking technique down the front straightaway for the second straight day to keep Herta at bay. On Friday, the son of former IndyCar regular Bryan Herta went to the outside of Turn 1 to take first place.
On Saturday, after almost making a pass stick in Turn 10, Herta used his final push-to-pass blowing down the front straightaway with three laps left. He had a car-length advantage on Urruita as they turned into Turn 1.
“I was down to the grass and he tried to push me off the track and I didn’t have any more room so we made contact,” said Herta. “It was an all-or-nothing move because that was my last push-to-pass so I went for it.
“But I look at it as a racing incident.”
Urrita spun and continued to finish fourth.
Telitz came from fourth to take second and Franzoni finished third, while O’Ward was last after an off-course excursion.
Check out the final few laps below (as well as the race from start to finish)