Harding Racing team owner Mike Harding has refused to comment on reports that his outfit will join forces with Michael Andretti in 2019 to form an Andretti junior IndyCar team.
It has been reported today that Andretti and Harding will team up next season and this rumor has been fueled by the fact that Colton Herta whose dad Bryan is the co-owner of the No.98 Honda driven by Marco Andretti will test the No.88 Harding Group Chevrolet in Portland on Friday.
Paddock Eye spoke with Harding Racing on Monday evening and the team confirmed to us that they are planning to expand their operation to a two car full-time programme in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2019 with several drivers being evaluated for the second seat alongside Gabby Chaves however their was no mention of Andretti.
Conor Daly who competed in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with Dale Coyne Racing in partnership with the US Air Force in May has driven for Harding Racing i the last two Verizon IndyCar Series events in Toronto and last time out in Mid-Ohio.
The suggestion that Harding Racing would tie in with Andretti is unlikely given the fact that Honda power Andretti Autosport while Harding have power from Chevrolet. It would also call into question the entrant of McLaren into the Verizon IndyCar Series with Andretti Autosport backing in 2019.
The 2019 IndyCar Series silly is in full swing as the 2018 season reaches its climax with just four races remaining.
It has been reported that the tie up with Harding Racing would see the formation of a new venture between Brian Barnhart and Michael Andretti however this seems highly unlikely as Barnhart is the president of Harding Racing and is working extremely hard to help Harding Racing move up the grid.