“That Was Tokyo Drift”: Andretti F1 Hopeful Makes the Biggest Save of the Year During Indy Race

Published 05/15/2022, 3:05 AM EDT
May 14, 2022; Speedway, Indiana, USA; Indy Series driver Colton Herta (26) leads the field during the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Colton Herta saved his McLaren from crashing brutally! The young driver is clearly talented and might make a debut in F1 sooner than expected.

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Herta’s driving abilities are up for everyone to see. Fresh off a GMR Grand Prix win, the young gun looks unstoppable. Moreover, he will soon also have a seat test fit with the McLaren F1.

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Colton Herta has a “Tokyo Drift” moment

At just 22 years of age, Herta has achieved a lot in the Indy Car world. Driving for Andretti Autosport, Herta scored three victories and three pole positions back in 2021. Moreover, his dazzling victories at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and Monterey established him as a fearsome rival. Fans would also remember his sensational pass on 13 cars to snatch the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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Currently, fans widely regard Herta as a future winner of the series. Notably, he currently stands P6 with 132 points and consistently good performances. At the recent GMR Grand Prix, Herta also made an iconic “drift” that saved his car from crashing. This was a one-of-a-kind moment for an IndyCar chassis, that too on a wet track! His spectacular save even urged the commentators to say, “That was Tokyo drift, that was unbelievable.”

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In a quick display of nerves, Herta and the team pitted for Firestone red alternate tires on Lap 3. Though the race started on wet tracks, he was quick to realize that there was a dry enough racing line to make up for the gap. Quickly, the team made decisions as Herta pitted and jumped positions. However, amidst the hurry came this “Tokyo Drift” moment, that could have hurt Herta’s chassis if not saved.

May 14, 2022; Speedway, Indiana, USA; Indy Series driver Colton Herta (26) reacts after winning the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Describing it as “the hardest race I think I’ve ever done,” Herta admitted to being happy about the quick decision-making. He said, “(That decision) sure helped us a lot, gained us a lot of positions.” The caution period also surely helped Herta more as he developed a big gap from the rivals.

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Herta is also being hawk-eyed by McLaren F1. The team reportedly wants him to partner alongside Lando Norris surely after some time. Herta, on the other hand, is also keen and wishes to enter the primary sport. “It is a serious ambition of mine,” he revealed recently, as he looks forward to impressing the Woking unit.

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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