Gabby Chaves has found his ride for the 101st Indianapolis 500 next month.
Mike Harding of Harding Group, and Dennis Reinbold of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, have formed a technical alliance for the iconic race. They will be a Chevrolet team, and share feedback with the DRR entry of Sage Karam. Chaves will drive the No. 88 car for the team, which has been named Harding Racing.
The 2014 Indy Lights champion and 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year has a total of 23 starts in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and will be making his third Indy 500 start. His two previous efforts were with Bryan Herta Autosport, and Dale Coyne Racing. He finished 16th as a Rookie, and 20th last year while with Honda power. The change to Chevrolet will provide plenty of curve balls, but the team that has been assembled is oozing with experience and expertise.
Larry Curry is widely regarded around the paddock, and has run several IndyCar racing programs over the years. He will be the Team Manager and Competition Director. “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.” That is the Open Test at the newly renovated Texas Motor Speedway, where all teams are expected to participate.
“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.”
“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. 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.”
The team’s driving instructor also has a wealth of knowledge to pass along to Chaves. Al Unser Jr is a two-time Indy 500 winner, and will get Chaves up to speed rather quickly. Larry’s son Matt Curry will be the Lead Engineer on the car. He worked with AJ Foyt Racing last year, and was an engineer on Tony Kanaan’s Indy 500-winning team in 2013.
Practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500 begins at Noon on May 15.