Colton Herta looks for redemption in return to Music City

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  • Aug 04, 2022

Colton Herta looks for redemption in return to Music City

Colton Herta enters a corner during a practice session for the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Colton Herta enters a corner during a practice session for the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Colton Herta always wanted to be a race car driver, and following his passion came with parental conditions, including his insistence that he learn to play an instrument.

“At first I took piano and I hated it, so I started playing drums when I was 11 or 12, off and on for the last few years,” Herta says.

The hobby has become a second passion, and Herta, 22, is now the star of a four-piece punk rock band. The Zibs have an album out and have been on a short tour, but concerts are harder to schedule because childhood bandmates are either attending college or pursuing their careers.

For Hertha, that means a jam-packed schedule of 17 IndyCar races around the country, testing, attending and trying to make the transition to F1. But for one night only last week in Indianapolis, the Zibs reunited — sort of — for a concert at one of the city’s oldest bars.

The Zibs had dropped two band members, brought in a replacement bassist and played a set at its weekly punk night at the Melody Inn. Hertha opened the show with a drum solo, but still looked the part: Hertha wore a simple gray shirt with the Castrol logo, and a black Fluid Logic baseball cap that represented the cooling system he used while driving. .

“I had a lot of fun. The Melody Inn is a great place, especially for punk music,” Hertha said. “I do my own thing, so it’s hard to get together and play.”

The bars will be packed with all kinds of aspiring artists this weekend when IndyCar returns to Nashville for the Music City Grand Prix, the second annual street race in the area. But planning a concert was not an option for Hertha, who are focused on their loss in last year’s competition.

He had the best car in the field in last year’s opening race. Herta was fastest in both practice sessions, took pole in qualifying and led 39 of the 80 laps before a succession of mistakes doomed his win. Hertha had clawed their way back into contention and were challenging eventual winner Marcus Ericsson for the lead when he made his latest mistake and crashed out with five laps remaining.

“Nashville, it happened — I don’t want to talk about it, but we were fast there,” he said.

Because he and Andretti Autosport have been inconsistent this season — Herta led 17 laps at Indy last week before a mechanical failure ended his race — and he has just one win and is 10th in the standings. Bendi is located – he is going to complete a race. Clean race and get the win he missed last season.

Realistically, we won’t win the championship. Herta said: It is too far away. I will just use the end of this season to focus on the next season and get through it. Just try to get that top five in every race.”

This year, he plans to hang around Music City for a few days after Sunday’s race, soaking in all the attractions.

“Last year, I didn’t really have time to explore Nashville. “I have never been there before.” “This time, I’ll do it right and I can see everything.”

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