Harding Racing had a positive night under the lights in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison Illinois.
Gabby Chaves returned to the cock-pit of the No.88 Harding Group Chevrolet for the first time in three races and started the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 from 19th place and finished the race in 18th place.
Speaking following the race he said:
“I’m really gutted tonight because we had a really fantastic and competitive race car. “We worked our way on track and we easily should have been a top ten finish car. I’m not sure what happened, I think it was into our third or fourth stint. Everything was fine, I went into turn one and felt the car bottom out a little bit and just went completely straight off the track, came off the corner, and had a lot of slack on the wheel. I thought that something was for sure damaged. Unfortunately, I came into the pits and we looked at it and didn’t find anything, so I went back out to finish the race. We had such a good car, I’m really gutted how it ended because it could have been so much better.”
Harding Racing President Brian Barnhart commented saying:
The most encouraging thing coming out of St. Louis is that it was our best race weekend in terms of the most competitive car that we’ve had from the beginning of the weekend through the end of the race. “The car was fast off the trailer. It’s unfortunate we didn’t get to qualify due to a rain out and had to start by points and that put us further back than we think we could have qualified. Even so, Gabby moved up from 19th to 11th fairly early in the race and clearly had a good race car. He was running very competitive lap times with the top five cars of the race track. Unfortunately, we had a lengthy pit stop, inspecting the car as Gabby felt he had run over something on the race track and perhaps broken something on the car. By the time we had the opportunity to inspect, we had lost several laps and that’s where we finished the day. Again, the encouraging thing is that the car throughout the entire weekend was probably the most competitive we’ve had all season long and for that we’re looking forward to Portland.