George Steinbrenner, VI says that the IndyCar Series community have welcomed him with open arms after he entered the series for the 2019 season as a team owner after bring his Indy Lights team into the series in partnership with Mike Harding to create the Harding Steinbrenner Racing team.

The Indianapolis based outfit will field two full-time drivers in 2019 with Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta competing for the team.

Steinbrenner’s grandfather, George Steinbrenner III, the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team. The new team had their official launch at Yankee stadium earlier this year and had both Colton Herta and Patricio O’Ward racing in the final event of the 2018 season, the Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Steinbrenner said:

Though World Series games are raucous, and during the game, it’s exciting,” “There’s nothing as ceremonial as the Indy 500, and the energy…Nothing beats it.

At 22, Steinbrenner is the youngest IndyCar Series team owner in series history and is hopeful that the team can be competitive from the start of next season. It is not is clear what engines will be used by the team next season with both Honda and Chevrolet under consideration.

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