Three straight weekends of championship racing await to close out September for Los Angeles County’s first family of auto racing.
And then there’s the scheduling of the acceptance of a Resolution of Congratulations from the Lancaster City Council.
Fittingly Bryan Herta, the proud father of NTT Data IndyCar Series teenage sensation Colton Herta, goes first.
Bryan Herta Autosport’s two teams sit atop the points standings in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series heading to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey.
The No. 98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR driven by Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis holds a five-point lead over rookies Harry Gottsacker and Mason Fillipi in the No. 21 BHA Hyundai Veloster TCR.
BHA’s dominance led Hyundai Motorsports to name Herta’s team its North American distributor.
In their first year of alliance in 2018, the Valencia resident’s team dominated the Pirelli World Challenge TCR Class.
With whispers intensifying that Hyundai could be looking to get into NASCAR, Herta’s role could just be getting started.
Since Herta founded BHA in 2009, he has won two Indianapolis 500’s, an Indy Lights championship and the two TCR class titles with Hyundai.
Still, it is Colton Herta’s remarkable rookie season in IndyCar that means the most to him.
“Hyundai invited me to an event at the Nurburgring (in Germany), so I flew there from Los Angeles,” Bryan wrote in a recent blog post. “I had to fly back to Chicago to get to Road America (in Wisconsin) for the IndyCar race.
“As we were flying overnight, I watched qualifying on my computer and I saw Colton win the pole. I think I woke up everybody on the plane with how loud I was cheering.”
Colton takes aim at the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Monterey that serves as the series’ championship finale on Sept. 22.
The former Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix winner sits third in the rookie points, 49 behind leader Felix Rosenqvist and 23 in arrears of Santino Ferrucci.
The final race is worth double points, and Colton Herta was among the top five fastest in testing at Laguna Seca.
The Herta’s also have a date yet to be determined when they can accept the City Council’s resolution of congratulations for becoming the youngest IndyCar race winner in history (age 18) at Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, Texas on March 24.
There could be quite a bit to celebrate at the 11th Annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix powered by Toyota of Lancaster Sept. 26-29.
Farewell To A Class Act
After 855 career starts in NASCAR’s three national touring series, Elliott Sadler will call it quits after Saturday’s Xfinity race at Las Vegas.
Sadler, 44, competed for 25 seasons in the Xfinity Series, and 21 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
His three Cup Series victories include the first Labor Day weekend race at Fontana in 2004.
Sadler and his brother, Hermie, a FOX Sports and Motor Racing Network race reporter, hail from Emporia, Va. They never lost their distinctive Virginia Commonwealth twang which helped endear them both to race fans.
“”Pretty emotional time for me,” said Sadler, a 13-time winner in the Xfinity Series. “A lot of emotions, a lot of memories pouring through me right now. I know this is the last time I’ll cinch up those seatbelts and take the green flag at a NASCAR event.”
Soccer and First Responder Night at Irwindale
Double points will be up for grabs in Irwindale Speedway’s showcase Late Models Series Saturday night.
Blaine Perkins of Bakersfield leads rookie Jace Jones of Scottsdale, Ariz. by just four points. Former track champion Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills is third, 52 points back.
In his bid for double IS championships, Lucas McNeil of Saugus is 104 points back.
The onetime Rally automotive Group mechanic leads Andrew Porter of LaVerne by six points in the Race Trucks division.
Rich DeLong III leads the Super Stocks division by 44 points.