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Harding Racing, Gabby Chaves Enter Indianapolis 500

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The Indianapolis 500 confirmations continue rolling in as Gabby Chaves announced Monday that he will run race for Harding Racing.

The 2014 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Champion will drive the No. 88 Harding Racing Chevrolet. The 23-year-old has won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before, winning the Freedom 100. The 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has made 23 previous Verizon IndyCar Series starts, including two previous Indy 500s.

“I’m extremely delighted to have the opportunity to get to challenge for my third Indy 500,” Chaves said. “I am very excited to be joining a new team with our new owner, Mike Harding, and everyone involved, including Larry Curry, who has been instrumental in getting the team together and guiding it.”

Harding Racing came together through a partnership between Mike Harding and Dennis Reinbold of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing forming a technical alliance. The Harding Group is not new to Indianapolis, taking part in paving projects and client hospitality. Larry Curry will serve as the team manager and competition director, with Al Unser Jr. as driving instructor. 

“I’m excited to be working with car owner Mike Harding on forming his new Indy car team and we are very lucky to have driver Gabby Chaves, along with Chevrolet,” Curry said. “We have assembled a great team and are looking forward to our shakedown test in Texas on Wednesday.”

Harding Racing also confirmed Matt Curry will be the lead engineer after spending time at KV Racing Techology and AJ Foyt Racing.

“I have complete faith and confidence that our engine partner Chevy will give us the best package and support to give our Harding Racing machine a chance to challenge for the win,” Chaves said. “I’ve had good races at IMS, although the result has never come together. But I think this is the year that I really have to put it together to get the result. That’s my main focus, and I definitely think I’m going to have one of the best programs out there among those focused on Indy only.

“Again, I’m just extremely happy and grateful for the opportunity I have, and I can’t wait to get the month started.”

The team will get their first test of on-track action as part of Texas Motor Speedway’s open test on Wednesday.

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.