Saturday, September 9, 2023

Can a Throwback livery go to Victory lane this weekend at Laguna Seca?

As I certainly Hope so!


Much has ben made about the Sharp lookin’ Throwback livery Colton Herta’s running this weekend in honour of His father Bryan’s maiden IndyCar victory at Laguna Seca, a Quarter century ago.


Along with the younger Herta having bought and given the exact same Reynard 98i (Ford) Cosworth XB racecar to His father as a birthday present earlier this year!


While Bryan’s subsequently had the Cossie’ lump sent out for refreshening’, i.e.; rebuild. And now father and son will have spent Wednesday prior to this year’s race running laps aboard it at Laguna Seca. Although Bryan’s quipped He’ll probably only last ten laps!


With Colton also aboard His current NO. 26 Dallara IR18 Honda in Throwback livery scheme running alongside Pop’s original No. 8 Reynard for publicity’s sake…


Know I watched the 1996 Laguna Seca IndyCar race, along with giving Bryan the nickname of High Speed Hurdles! Since my Foggy memory recollects Bryan summersaulting an IndyCar at Laguna Seca! Although I cannot find anything substantiating that…


While Bryan did go onto capture two CART/PPG IndyCar World Series victories at Laguna Secaback-to-back between 1998-99. His only two Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) wins both coming at Team Rahal.


Moving to the Indy Racing League, (IRL) Bryan scored a further two victories for what then was Andretti Green Racing. Racking up a total of 159 IndyCar Starts and ten career Pole positions, along with His four wins.


Not to mention scoring two Borg Warner trophies as team owner with the late Dan Wheldon in 2011 and Alexander Rossi in 2016.


Although Bryan Herta is probably most famous for what forever will simply be known as “The Pass!” Y’all know when El Zorro’, aka Alex Zanardi made that brazen pass at the top of the famed Corkscrew turn to steal victory away from Bryan in 1996!


While I’ll actually be rootin’ for Colton to win His first IndyCar race of the season this Sunday at Laguna Seca, which would be most symiotic.


Yet I must confess I was rootin’ for Graham Rahal to win at Portland last week, site of His first single seater win in 2005 in Star Mazda. But we All know how that worked out…