Harding Racing team owner Mike Harding says he is proud of the performance by his driver Gabby Chaves and the No.88 Harding Group team as they finished their second Indianapolis 500 in 14th place.
The team who recently moved into their new HQ on Main Street, Speedway just down the road from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have moved into the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time in 2018. Speaking about the race, Harding commented by saying:
Really proud of Gabby and the #88 Harding Racing guys. “I know they worked tirelessly to pull off a 14th place finish in the 102nd running. We’ll be back next year.
Team President, Brian Barnhart also expressed how proud he is of the outfit:
“I’m really proud of the Harding race team and the Harding Group.” They worked so hard all month long and really persevered through it all. We struggled to get a decent handling car until the final 75 miles of the race due to the warm temperatures, then once we got it dialed in we made some progress forward. Overall we executed fairly well and proud to soldier home in a 14th place finishing position and now looking forward to continuing positive momentum in Detroit this weekend.
Gabby Chaves said:
“It was a race of perseverance for us. “First 160 laps were really tough because the car was a bit all over the place. At the end we had a nice change that completely turned the car around and all of a sudden, I was passing cars and driving as hard as I could. That put us in a really good position to where if we hadn’t been unlucky in the last restart with the lapped cars that went through pit lane on the last few laps, we would have had a top ten finish.”