(August 21, 2018) Harding Racing is excited to announce that Gabby Chaves will return to the #88 for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park. The Colombian-American will race 248 laps along the 1.25-mile oval for 500 kilometers.
“Really enthused and ready to get behind the wheel of the 88 car and be back with my guys,” said Gabby Chaves. “We’re ready to speed up our development and progression, and we’re more driven than ever to get some of the results we know are possible based on our results from last season. I’m also very excited to race at Gateway for the Bommarito 500 for the first time.”
“I first want to thank Conor for his contributions over the last couple of months and giving another perspective and feedback,” said Brian Barnhart. “We’re excited and happy to have Gabby back in the car as we head to St. Louis. And we're looking to improve on our performance on the short oval form earlier in the year. Gabby has done a fantastic job being a team player through the process that had Conor in the car and Colton testing in Portland. Hopefully we can show Gabby some improvements from the team standpoint when he rejoins us for the St. Louis weekend.”
Verizon IndyCar Series practice will start this Friday at 12:15 p.m. ET. NBC Sports will broadcast qualifying live at 4:00 pm. ET. Green flag for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will be Saturday, August 25 at 7:35 p.m. on NBC Sports.
About Harding Racing
Indianapolis based Harding Racing made its Verizon INDYCAR Series debut at the 2017 Indianapolis 500. The team is led by Mike Harding owner and president of Harding Group, a concrete and asphalt paving company based in Indianapolis. Brian Barnhart is team president of Harding Racing and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. serves the team as executive consultant. In addition to their ninth-place finish in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, the team competed at Texas Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway, finishing fifth and fifteenth respectively. The team currently competes full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
About Gabby Chaves
Chaves currently competes full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Harding Racing. After winning the 2014 Indy Lights Championship, the Colombian-American previously raced full-time with Bryan Herta Autosport in 2015 where he earned the 2015 Sunoco IndyCar Rookie of the Year award and 2015 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award. He has since competed in four Indianapolis 500s with one top-10 finish in Harding Racing’s debut start.