IndyCar 2022: Colton Herta wins wild and rainy Indy Grand Prix at Speedway


The GMR Grand Prix is ​​85 laps (or 120 minutes, whichever comes first) on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Will Power took pole position, with IndyCar Series points leader Alex Palou joining him in the front row.

This is Power’s sixth pole position on the IMS road course, and he has won those races four times, the last in 2020. Power has won five times in 11 previous races at this course.

Simon Pagenaud’s 2019 victory from eighth starting is the furthest a driver has won at this track.

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5:47 p.m.: Colton Herta wins a wild and rainy Indy Grand Prix

Colton Herta takes the checkered flag over Simon Pagenaud under caution. To complete the top 5: Will Power, Marcus Ericsson and Conor Daly.

Herta earns his first victory of the 2022 IndyCar Series season and the 7th of his career. He leads 50 of the 75 laps completed in often wet conditions that left teams guessing which tire compound to use.

“It was the toughest race I’ve ever done,” Herta said of the changing conditions. He also survived a “Tokyo Drift” style slide early in the race.

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Herta’s previous best finish this season was fourth in the season opener in St. Petersburg.

Power, the poleman, who entered this race 4th in points in the championship, took the lead. Scott McLaughlin is 14 points behind, followed by Josef Newgarden (15), incoming leader Alex Palou (25) and Herta (26).

Juan Pablo Montoya, who was racing in the top 10, swerves off the track, issuing a warning to end the race. Fifty-three minutes of racing was under the green, while over an hour was on bail.

Six drivers led the race and there were 10 lead changes. With the many precautions and the need for rain tires, the average speed was just over 90 mph.

5:41 p.m.: Colton Herta leads on a restart

Rooster tails fly as cars cross a soggy track. It’s Herta, Pagenaud, Power, Daly and Ericsson with 5 minutes to go.

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5:39 p.m .: Pato O’Ward turns under caution

O’Ward, on slicks, spun during the caution and gave up 2nd place. Simon Pagenaud, who started 20th, took 2nd place.

5:33 p.m .: Colton Herta takes the lead on the restart

Colton Herta has better grip than Pato O’Ward and makes the pass for the lead. Scott McLaughlin couldn’t hold on and spun, prompting a warning.

5:30 p.m.: Scott McLaughlin shoots

The race leader rotates 360 degrees during caution. It is always on slick tires for dry track racing. Pato O’Ward, also on slicks, took the lead. Colton Herta, on rain tires, is 3rd.

IndyCar officials move to a timed race

Race officials say the race will be timed for the remainder of the course, with 20 minutes on the clock.

Lap 62: guess again on the tires, the rain

Colton Herta offers rain tires. He comes out in 5th place.

Lap 60: Key pit stops as weather questions abound

Scott McLaughlin narrowly took the lead over Colton Herta coming out of the pits as the leaders put on slicks for the dry races. They hope the rain doesn’t return, requiring another pit stop for the rain tyres.

Bryan Herta, father of Colton Herta and race strategist, one lap after that series of pit stops: “It’s raining harder now. I’m not sure we did the right thing. If we did (the wrong thing), we all did it.”

Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon and Alex Palou try their luck by switching to rain tyres.

Tour 56: Colton Herta extends his lead

Herta is more than 5 seconds ahead of Scott McLaughlin. Pato O’Ward is 3rd, Simon Pagenaud 4th and Jack Harvey 5th. Graham Rahal runs into the back of Kyle Kirkwood. Jimmie Johnson spins, bringing out a warning.

Lap 51: Romain Grojean leaves the track

Grosjean, who was trying to overtake Jack Harvey for 3rd place, crashed into the grass after a contact. In the meantime, Simon Pagenaud passed Harvey for 3rd place.

Tour 46: Colton Herta regains the lead on the restart

Herta jumps from 3rd to 1st, and Scott Dixon unravels but is at the end of the lead lap. Scott McLaughlin is 2nd and Jack Harvey 3rd.

Round 44: Under caution, weather issues

If lightning strikes, the race could be cancelled. But if it continues to rain, the race continues. Teams must decide whether to stay on the track and hold their position, hoping for lightning, or stop to change tires and lose their position on the track.

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Brian Barnhart, Rossi’s race strategist, on fitting rain tires earlier than the other drivers: “We talked about it here on the stand and we validated (Rossi’s request).”

Tour 42: Restart with the return of the rain

A few drivers put on rain tyres. McLaren Arrow SP teammates Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist make contact, prompting another warning. Takuma Sato is also spinning.

Round 36: Scott Dixon encounters problems

Scott Dixon, who was leading, ran out of gas short of his pit. He needs a helping hand from his crew. Dalton Kellett makes contact and there’s another caveat. Marcus Ericsson leads, Kyle Kirkwood is second and Colton Herta is third.

Mike O’Gara, Ericsson’s race strategist, hopes to play the rain game well: “Another crazy day in IndyCar, isn’t it?”

Lap 33: Colton Herta pits for tires

The leader arrives and Pato O’Ward takes first place. O’Ward stops a lap later and Felix Rosenqvist leads.

Round 30: The bad weather could return

Strategy may include anticipating storms northwest of the racetrack. A race is official at the halfway point, lap 43, or if the cars have been on track for an hour.

Round 25: Colton Herta leads the restart

Herta, Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist, Takuma Sato, Will Power are the running order up front. Alexander Rossi, who has already been involved in the contact, is 6th.

It was a difficult day for season contenders Josef Newgarden (3rd at the finish today), Rinus VeeKay (7th) and Alex Palou (1st).

Round 20: Another restart, another warning

Herta keeps its lead over Pato O’Ward. Takuma Sato passes Will Power for 4th place. Devlin DeFrancesco and Rinus VeeKay make contact in Turn 3. Another caveat.

Round 16: Josef Newgarden is out, requires caution

Newgarden, who has won two of four IndyCar Series races in 2022 and entered this race third in points, is making contact with Alexander Rossi and Jack Harvey. Newgarden stops.

Round 15: Colton Herta extends his lead

Herta is more than 2 seconds ahead of Pato O’Ward. Also in the top 5: Felix Rosenqvist, Will Power and Josef Newgarden. Series points leader Alex Palou, who stalled on the track, is 1 lap down and in last place. Kyle Kirkwoods leaves the track surface a second time.

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Round 10: Colton Herta leads in restart

Colton Herta started 14th, made an early tire change and survived a “Tokyo Drift” style slide in the opening laps. He leads Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist as the race resumes.

Round 6: Alex Palou urges caution

Alex Palou had left the track and stalled in the grass. He returned to the track, then stalled, prompting a warning.

Lap 5: Pit stops come early

Colton Herta pulls off an incredible slide save. Several drivers come to put on red tyres. Kyle Kirkwood is off the track after making contact with Rinus VeeKay.

Round 3: Graham Rahal, Marcus Ericsson make contact

Strategy comes into play in a hurry. Colton Herta and Takuma Sato put on red tires on Lap 3. All the riders had started the rain on wet tires, which provide more traction in the rain but are slower. Felix Rosenqvist overtakes teammate Pato O’Ward for the lead.

Lap 1: Pato O’Ward charges to take the lead

There was a lot of jostling between the leaders on the first lap, but there were no accidents despite the conditions. Pato O’Ward, who started fifth, took the lead ahead of Alex Palou. Pole sitter Will Power finished third.

Water remains on the trail from the rain earlier in the afternoon.

3:00 p.m.: Race time is reset

Although bad weather remains a threat, there is a plan to run the race today.

2:30 p.m.: Rain falls on Speedway

Rain falls at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, although there were no lightning strikes. The track remains under a weather delay.

1:25 p.m.: Lightning alert at the Speedway

The Indy Lights race was red flagged due to lightning near the speedway. However, partly cloudy skies prevailed on the runway. This could be a precursor to the IndyCar Series race which is expected to start shortly after 3 p.m. ET.

Before the delay:

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This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: IndyCar 2022: Live Updates from the GMR Grand Prix at Indy Motor Speedway


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