The Verizon IndyCar Series has officially gained a new full-time entrant with Harding Racing turning its three-race program from 2017 into a campaign that includes every race in 2018 for Gabby Chaves in its No. 88 Chevrolet.
To date, Chaves has only contested one full year of IndyCar competition: his debut season with Bryan Herta Autosport in 2015 following his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship in 2014.
The Colombian driver’s best result in North America’s premier open-wheel championship came at Texas Motor Speedway last year, where Chaves finished fifth in the second of three races Harding entered in 2017.
Based in Indianapolis, the team is led by Mike Harding, Harding Group (concrete and asphalt paving company) owner and president. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. serves as the team’s executive consultant while Larry Curry will fill the team manager role after previously managing Vision Racing. Brian Barnhart, after more than two decades with the series, left the role of race director for IndyCar to become Harding’s team president.
“We’re a quiet powerhouse,” stated Unser Jr.
“This offseason, we worked diligently to make sure that Harding Racing will be strong in 2018. The team had a fantastic start in 2017 and we are completely focused and prepared for this upcoming season.”
Every track will be new to Harding this year with the exception of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Texas and Pocono Raceway, beginning with the streets of St. Petersburg for the season-opening race on March 9–11.