Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves in the No.88 Chevrolet says both he and the team know what direction they want for the car for their first short oval event as a team at this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix following successful pre-season tests at ISM Raceway.
Chaves and Harding Racing made their full-time Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg last month where the Colombian finished the race in 14th place having started the race inside the top ten in eighth place.
Harding had great success on ovals during the part-time schedule in 2017 and they are hoping that they can use this experience to have a strong weekend in Phoenix.
Speaking ahead of the race, Chaves said:
Heading out to Phoenix for our first short oval race, not only of the year but as a team. We had two days of testing there in the pre-season, so we have a good idea of the direction we want to take from where we were. We expect that it will be a pretty tough race in terms of passing. We think everything will come down to qualifying up front, then holding your track position as best as you can throughout the race and having clean pit stops. I think we’ve done a lot of work in between pre-season testing and getting back to the race weekend now, so hopefully, we can put all that work and effort into a good result out there this weekend.