The field for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is taking shape nicely with the news today that Gabby Chaves has secured a drive with new team Harding Racing.
The Chevrolet powered team is under the management of Mike Harding of the Indianapolis based Harding Group, a concrete company and Denis Reinbold.
Larry Curry has been named as team manager and speaking at Monday’s announcement, Curry said:
“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. “We have assembled a great team and are looking forward to our shakedown test in Texas on Wednesday.
Chaves who won the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Sunoco Rookie of the year award in 2015 commented on the news saying:
“I’m extremely delighted to have the opportunity to get to challenge for my third Indy 500. “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.”
Chaves who will be in action for Harding Racing on Wednesday at Texas Motor Speedway went on to say:
“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.
“Again, I’m just extremely happy and grateful for the opportunity I have, and I can’t wait to get the month started.