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IndyCar team owner Bryan Herta to be honored with FIA Americas Award

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IndyCar team owner and former driver Bryan Herta will be honored this Saturday with the FIA Americas Award in Panama City, Panama.

The award was established in 2008, and this year’s Awards Gala will have 29 countries represented, with each country receiving both national and continental awards.

Herta was nominated for the award by the Skip Barber Racing School, where he got his initial start in pro racing back in 1990.

“We are excited for the opportunity to highlight an outstanding race car driver and team owner in Bryan Herta,” Skip Barber CEO Michael Culver said, according to a story on Racer.com. “He is an exceptional individual who possesses admirable traits of perseverance, passion and determination.

“He continues to influence the motorsports world and will do so for a very long time. Bryan is very deserving of this award and we’re thrilled for him.”

Herta began racing with the Skip Barber program in 1990, winning in both the Formula Ford and Saab Pro Series. He won the Indy Lights championship in 1993 before moving full-time to IndyCar.

Herta competed in the Indianapolis 500 five times, with three top-10 finishes and a career-best third-place finish in the 2005 edition of the 500.

Herta stepped away from an active driver’s role and formed his own race team, Bryan Herta Autosport. The team won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with Dan Wheldon behind the wheel.

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