For the next 20 days, we’ll take a look at 20 drivers who we expect to break out in the 2020 racing season. Check out all of our 20 in ’20 posts right here!
WHO: NTT IndyCar Series driver #88, Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport
2019 RESULTS: 7th, 420 points; 17 starts, 2 wins, 8 top-10s
WHY HE’S ON THE LIST: Little Hertamania impressed everybody by becoming the youngest race winner in IndyCar history, and the first born in the 2000s, when he took the checkered flag in the series’ debut at Circuit of the Americas. Despite a midseason string of DNFs and sponsorship questions throughout the year, Herta found his footing and persevered to finish seventh in series points, capping the year off by winning at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca—the same place where his father Bryan had made an iconic winning pass on Alex Zanardi two decades earlier.
In 2020, though, things should be even better for the young American talent. He’s officially back within the Andretti Autosport camp, as Harding Steinbrenner Racing merges into the squad as the team’s fifth car. That stability should give Herta the additional confidence he needs to make moves up the field. He’s proven that he can go win races, but more podiums and finishes in the top half of the field are what will give him a shot at scoring a championship down the line.