Gabby Chaves will race a Harding Racing-Chevrolet entry in the full 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, it has been confirmed.
After impressing in the team’s initial three races last season, 2014 Indy Lights champion Chaves will return to the cockpit of the #88 entry.
He scored ninth on the team’s debut in last year’s Indianapolis 500, and backed this up with fifth at Texas and 15th at Pocono.
Since last year, veteran team manager Larry Curry has been joined by team president Brian Barnhart, IndyCar’s former head of race control and VP of competition.
Two-time Indy 500 winner and two-time Indy car champion Al Unser Jr., who served as driver coach for Chaves last year, has been retained as team executive consultant.
“After the success we had in our three races of 2017, the next logical step was to take the team to a full season.” said Mike Harding, team owner.
“During the off-season we have continued to build Harding Racing by adding key people to key positions to become a strong contender in the Verizon IndyCar Series.”
Added Barnhart: “Our sole focus is on making Gabby Chaves and Harding Racing the most competitive team possible in our first full season. I believe we will be a strong contender team in the talent-fueled Verizon IndyCar Series.
“The credit goes to Mike Harding, Tyler Smith, Larry Curry and the crew for a job well done this past year and I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish in 2018.”
Chaves stated: “I really can’t begin to express how happy and excited I am to get back on track full-time with Harding Racing. We built a really strong team in a very short amount of time in 2017.
"I’m looking forward to building on that and will be excited to see what our new team members will be able to do to take us to the next level.
“Most of all, I’d like to thank Mike Harding for believing in my potential and for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to see what we can do and believe we can have a lot of success together.”