INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, the 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series silly season officially got underway. Harding Racing announced that they’ve replaced Gabby Chaves with Conor Daly for this weekend’s race in Toronto.
The American will pilot the No. 88 Chevrolet along the streets of the Exhibition Place circuit in downtown Toronto. Daly, is a veteran of the Series, a driver with 40 career starts in five seasons. The 26 year-old has one podium finish.
While this move may come as a shock, it’s not when looking at what they’re doing. Chaves, isn’t going to win this year’s championship. The team is grateful for Chaves and has him in their future plans. This is just them reshifting their focus to next year and they’ve been open that they want to run two cars. They’re just getting a head start on that
“At this point in the season, we are focusing all our attention on the 2019 season,” said Harding Racing team president, Brian Barnhart. “If we can expand to a two-car team, all remaining races and testing will offer driver evaluation opportunities to determine who will become Gabby’s teammate in 2019. Gabby is still fully employed and still under contract with Harding for the remainder of this year and in 2019.”
Translation, this may not be the only race that Chaves sits out this season. This also may not be the only driver to replace him. They’re finding out who the best driver will be to drive the second car in 2019 and we know Chaves will be one of their drivers.