INDIANAPOLIS – A race winner for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) that no one is talking about is Gabby Chaves. The 23-year old Verizon IndyCar Series driver has three career top 10’s, all three have occurred on superspeedways. Well, with another superspeeday coming up this weekend at the Pocono Raceway, I can make a strong case for a fourth top 10 effort for the young driver.
Chaves, finished 10th at Texas in 2015. That was his first and only top 10 prior to this season. This year, Chaves signed on with a new team in Harding Racing. Results like the ones that he’s had weren’t expected to come this soon. After all, the team hasn’t been in the series at all prior to the Indianapolis 500.
Chaves finished ninth at Indy.
Then, in the teams’ second race together at Texas back in June, Chaves brought his No. 88 Chevrolet home fifth. Now, in their third race, another superspeedway, will they win?
The law of trends says yes.
From ninth to improving four spots to fifth in the first two races. If he improves four more spots from fifth, he will be the one in victory lane at the Tricky Triangle on Sunday afternoon.
Also factor in this, Chaves has one career Verizon IndyCar Series start at Pocono, that came back in 2015. In that race, Chaves led 31 laps and was in the hunt to win in the end before his engine expired relegating him to an 11th place result. If not for that engine, he likely would have won. Then, in two career Indy Lights starts at Pocono, Chaves has finishes of third and first respectively.
In practice on Saturday morning, he was 10th overall. He also qualified eighth too.
Need I say anymore?