INDIANAPOLIS – Harding Racing showed up to Indianapolis last year as a single-car team without any prior Verizon IndyCar Series experience. Yes, they had Gabby Chaves as the driver and Larry Curry as the team manager, but neither have worked together before. Chaves, had 23 career starts under his belt and Curry had plenty of experience in the series himself. Mix in Al Unser Jr. as a part of the team and you can see why they hit the ground running despite everything going against them.
Chaves, started 25th and finished ninth in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 last season. To me, it was as impressive as Takuma Sato winning the actual race itself. This start up team with no experience showed up without any teammates and finished inside the top 10 finish in the biggest race in the world.
The team stated then that their full intent was to run a full season for 2018. But, first thing was first, run the other two superspeedway events before. Chaves, finished fifth a few weeks later in June at Texas and 15th at Pocono in August. All the while, the team kept stating that they were still going to plan on running on a full-time basis in 2018.
The only thing getting in the way of that was a formal announcement stating which.
They hired Brian Barnhart as the teams’ president back in November and have surrounded themselves with great, quality people. Again, the only thing missing was officially announcing their 2018 plans.
On Friday, they did just that.
Harding Racing announced this morning that they will indeed run a full season in 2018 and do so with Gabby Chaves as the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet.