Herta Sets Track Record, Wins Pole for Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach!

Defending race champion – and native Californian! – Colton Herta captured the pole position for Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach a best time of 1:05.3095.  His time was a track record, breaking Helio Castroneves previous mark of 1:06.225, set in 2017.

Herta outran Josef Newgarden (01:05.7550), who finished second here last year to Herta, and defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou (01:05.8667).

As a young kid, I always dreamed of becoming an INDYCAR driver, and that was because of this race,” said Herta, 22. “To get the win last year was amazing, and we checked another box with the pole. It feels incredible.”

The Firestone “Fast Six” was rounded out by Felix Rosenqvist (1:05.9349) and Alexander Rossi (1:06.0674), who won on the city streets in 2018 and 2019.

Current INDYCAR points leader Scott McLaughlin will start 9th.

The 2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will take green flag Sunday at 12:45 p.m.