When Alexander Rossi showed up at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend with GESS and Capstone sponsorship displayed all over the side of his Andretti Autosport Honda, fans of Colton Herta and Harding Steinbrenner Racing feared the worst.
GESS had come on board with Herta after the 18-year-old became the youngest winner in IndyCar history at COTA last March; but what did this mean? Was the bio gas company from North Carolina switching its allegiance halfway through the NTT IndyCar season?
As it turns out, no: GESS (and Capstone) will be with Herta through the remainder of the 2019 season, just as they’d agreed back in May.
A story by the Associated Press out of Texas noted that GESS had confirmed its deal [with HSR] for the remainder of 2019.
“[The story] was really just an affirmation of what GESS had committed last May, so there was no press release or anything or nothing new; I just spoke to AP about our situation,” said Brian Barnhart, the president of Harding Steinbrenner Racing. “It allows us to breathe a little easier.”
Sean Lee, the CEO of GESS, sponsored Pato O’Ward at Long Beach and Rossi at Texas (and will again at Pocono in August) to spread the wealth, so to speak, and to promote IndyCar.
“He’s focused on Colton,” continued Barnhart, “but it was actually kinda cool we were able to deliver something nice to Michael Andretti for all the help they’ve given us.”
Andretti is Harding Steinbrenner’s technical partner.
Capstone is a turbine corporation that does business with GESS. Its name will also will be on Hertas’s car the final eight races.