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Colton Herta Has High Expectations For His Rookie Run In May

Herta says he's confident that he can perform well in this weekend's IndyCar Grand Prix, which will set the tone for the Indianapolis 500 two weeks later.

SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- The Month of May is in full swing in the racing capital of the world. 

Things get moving this Friday with practice and the qualifying for the IndyCar Grand Prix on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Expectations are high for Harding-Steinbrenner Racing driver Colton Herta.

The advice is simple from his father, former IndyCar driver Bryan Herta, and his driver coach Al Unser, Jr.

"The best thing I've heard from Little Al and my Dad are 'go fast, don't crash'," Herta said. "For me the expectations are high just for the fact that we've tested on the oval and were were quickest and we've tested on the road course and were were quickest."

Herta was the fastest rookie in both April testing sessions on the road course and oval. 

The 19-year-old driver has had an up and down rookie season having become the youngest driver ever to win an IndyCar race in the IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas back in March. 

But, since then he's had a rough stretch having been forced out of the Grand Prix of Alabama due to engine trouble. The following race on the streets of St. Petersburg he crashed out of the race. Herta was scored last in both of those races.

The warm-up sessions for the IndyCar Grand Prix starts a little after 11 this Saturday with the green flag dropping a little before 4 that afternoon. 

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