The Champion and the WinnerSep 24, 2019
For young Colton Herta, it was a perfect drive on a perfect day. As the 2019 IndyCar season wrapped up at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, he roared away from his third pole position of the season, and never looked back. As the race commentators excitedly recounted every nuance of the battle for the season Championship being waged between points leader Alexander Rossi, hard-charging Josef Newgarden and brilliant French driver Simon Pagenaud, Herta continued his steady, speedy drive toward the checkered flag.
As the afternoon headed toward evening, the sell-out crowd rose to its feet to greet the 2019 IndyCar Champion, Josef Newgarden. For ninety laps around Laguna Seca, he wrestled a car that did not want to behave. Ninety times traversing the fabled corkscrew only to collapse in tears in the winner’s circle and raise the trophy triumphantly.
For 19-year-old Herta, the checkered flag was his second of the season, a debut year that attracted appreciative attention where’ve he appeared. The day belonged to Newgarden, but the honor of notching a second win in his debut year was not lost on Colton’s appreciative fans. His father, Bryan had competed in IndyCar races nearly 15 years ago, and the completing of the cycle was a tribute to one dedicated, talented family.
The entire extended family of the Skip Barber Racing School had an abiding interest in the outcome of the 2019 IndyCar championship race. 4 of the top 10 drivers in this season’s final ranking are alumni of the racing school. The 2019 champion Josef Newgarden, the amazing rookie, Colton Herta and his father Bryan, all polished their skills under the guidance of the skilled instructors of the school.
As the 2019 IndyCar season has entered into history, the opportunities at the Skip Barber Racing School continue. From October 8-13 our open-wheel Formula 4 cars and Mustang sportscars will be on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is your invitation to drive the same track as Newgarden, Herta, Rossi, Hunter-Reay, Pigot, Andretti, Carpenter, Daly, Castroneves and the rest of the impressive roster of IndyCar drivers who have been part of the Skip Barber Racing School. Come drive where they drive. Come learn from the instructors who have groomed champions.
Two more of the IndyCar tracks are on the 2019 Skip Barber schedule. Check out our schools at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, site of the 2019 championship race.
East, central, west. The offerings are comprehensive and convenient. The Skip Barber Racing School celebrates and congratulates the enormous accomplishments of our IndyCar alumni and extends an invitation for drivers like you who want to be champions.
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