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Chaves Rallies to 14th at Sonoma

 
Clinches Sunoco Rookie of the Year Title

Indianapolis  –After an emotionally challenging week for the Indycar community, it was time to conclude the 2015 season at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. The double points weekend put both the overall driver’s and Sunoco Rookie of the Year championships in play, the latter being the focus of the BHA team and driver Gabby Chaves. Alarm.com joined the #98 as the primary sponsor for the event; a track that is difficult to pass and requires a nearly perfect balance to be competitive on. In the final practice leading up to qualifying, less than one second separated the top twenty cars ~proving once again how competitive the Verizon IndyCar Series is. Chaves and the BHA team qualified a disappointing 21st; however, found the necessary speed to be competitive in the morning warmup and posted the 7th best time.

As the command to start engines was given, the #98 car failed to immediately fire. The BHA team quickly changed batteries and rejoined the field; however, had to start at the back of the pack…

Team owner Bryan Herta executed an early strategy revision to change Chaves off the alternate “red” tires and give him clean air to make up time in. Seven other teams joined this strategy, and as the day unfolded the Alarm.com Honda began to make up positions. Driving clean and steady throughout the 85 lap event, Chaves looked to be on course for a possible top ten finish. Late yellows did not allow the #98 to fully capitalize on their strategy; however, Chaves secured 14th finishing position and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.

Gabby Chaves on the Season Finale in Sonoma:
“It was a very eventful race for us. We barely made it to the start, actually we didn’t even make the starting grid, so we started about half a lap back. We had a battery problem so that was unfortunate. We think we had the right strategy and had the right pace, but once we started being it was just like we didn’t really know where to go and it was hard to get rhythm behind other cars that we were much faster than.”

“Twice we got caught out by a yellow flag, right as we were pitting and had to bail out from pitting. We obviously lost position trying to do that and screwed up our strategy. It was just a rough day all around, but I think our pace is good and we have to work on a few things.”

“I am happy with the way our Bryan Herta Autosport team worked out this year and we couldn’t do it without our sponsors, Bowers & Wilkins, Castrol Edge, Deltro Electric, Alarm.com, and of course having Honda in our car. It was a fun season and I look forward to what 2016 has to bring!”

Additionally, the BHA team won the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway last weekend. The $10,000 award is given by Firestone to the team that spends the least amount of time in the pits at every race. The BHA team decided to donate the award to Justin Wilson’s young daughters.Fans too can contribute the trust fund setup for Justin’s children be sending a donation to:

Wilson Children’s Fund
c/o Forum Credit Union
P.O. Box 50738
Indianapolis, IN
46250-0738

About Bryan Herta Autosport:
Co-Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second Verizon IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series and in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series as Bryan Herta Rallysport. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen Motorsports of Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.
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Chaves closes in on Sunoco Rookie of the Year

Sonoma Season Finale
Chaves closes in on Sunoco Rookie of the Year

Indianapolis  –Following a difficult week where the entire Indycar family is trying to cope with the passing of driver Justin Wilson following a freak accident at Pocono Speedway last weekend, the Verizon Indycar Series moves to Sonoma, CA for the final race of the 2016 season.After leading 31 laps late in last week’s Pocono 500, Gabby Chaves appeared to be in position to win, however a loss of drive with less than four laps remaining ended his charge.  Sonoma is a double points weekend so Gabby will be looking to maintain his strong lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.

Additionally, the #98 BHA car will feature primary sponsorship from Alarm.com.  Millions of people trust Alarm.com every day for better security, advanced automation and dependable service.  Gabby and the BHA team will be hosting Alarm.com and their guests throughout the race weekend.
 
Gabby Chaves on the Season Finale in Sonoma:
“After our team’s best race of the year in Pocono where we were in contention for the a win until the failure, we are in a good position to use this confidence and momentum to boost our best finish and finish out the year strong. We look forward to bringing home our best finish of the year in the #98 Alarm.com Bowers & Wilkins Castrol EDGE Honda.”

“Of course the Wilson family will be on our minds all weekend. Justin was a role model to us all A kind hearted human being who left us too soon. I’m just praying to Got to help and guide his family through this.”

BHA Team Look Forward to 500 miles at Pocono

Gabby Chaves Won the Lights Race in 2014; now he’s excited to take on the “Tricky Triangle” in Indycar

Indianapolis, IN -The “Tricky Triangle” of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA is just that: tricky. Each turn is designed to mimic a turn from three of the most famous oval tracks ever to host Indycar events.

Turn 1 is 14-degrees and designed after the now closed Trenton, NJ track that hosted so many great races through the 1950, 60s, and 70s. Turn 2 is 9-degrees, and other than the bump over the tunnel, is similar to the four corners of the great Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Finally, Turn 3 is nearly flat at 6-degrees like the sweeping corners at the Milwaukee Mile.

Pocono is the last oval and final 500-mile race of the 2015 season. The other two 500-mile events, Indianapolis and California Speedway, were two of the most exciting Verizon IndyCar Series races in history, and Pocono could tend to be just as exciting…

Gabby Chaves and the whole BHA team are excited to return to Pocono Raceway. Chaves won the Indy Lights race there last year, and is confident the team’s strong setups at both other super speedways will transfer to The Tricky Triangle.

Gabby Chaves on the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway:
“I’m looking forward to get back in action in our #98 Bowers & Wilkins Castrol EDGE Honda after a nice break. Pocono is a track I’ve run on and won last year in Indy lights so I am looking forward to race there in an Indycar, and keep pushing myself and the team to our best finishes as we wrap up this season”

The weather looks excellent for the weekend: low 80’s for high temperatures and partly cloudy on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the Verizon IndyCar Series, there will be a SVRA vintage car meet. The present meets the past for one of the most exciting and defining races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

About Bryan Herta Autosport:
Co-Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second Verizon IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series and in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series as Bryan Herta Rallysport. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen Motorsports of Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.
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Television:
Qualifying: NBCSN 2:00-3:00 PM ET Saturday 8/22
Race: NBCSN 2:00PM ET (Green Flag: 2:37PM ET)

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Sirius 212, XM 209

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Chaves & BHA Advance to 12th Place Finish

Good Strategy Moves #98 Team up from 21st

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Lexington, OH -After starting 21st, the Bowers & Wilkins team used a lap four yellow to get off the primary “Black” (harder/slower) tires and move off strategy of the leaders.

This strategy paid dividends as the race unfolded. A lucky late yellow after Chaves made his final pit stop, forced nine cars ahead of the #98 to pit under yellow. Sitting in 7th position, Chaves and the BHA team seemed poised for a third top ten finish of the year.

In a tight fight on the next to last restart, Chaves made a move that could have put him in fifth. However, the #98 car was squeezed to the edge of the track and shuffled back to thirteenth. Chaves fought back to twelfth before the checkered flag.

Gabby Chaves on The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio:
“We had a really good strategy, the car felt pretty strong. I was trying to charge, I was trying to be aggressive and the second to last restart, restarting from seventh, I got a good run on the fifth and sixth place guys. I had a line on the outside and I just got squeezed, got left no room there. You know it’s a bit of dirty driving from the other drivers, I did put myself in a tough situation, so I could’ve done it a little bit different. I am still happy with the way the race went. We had a strong car out there today, so I’m very glad with all my crew and the #98 Bowers & Wilkins, Castrol EDGE car. I’m very proud of them!”

Mid-Ohio 1st Road Race since Mid-June

Mid-Ohio 1st Road Race since Mid-June
Indianapolis  –For the first time since the Angie’s List Grand Prix at Indianapolis, the Verizon Indycar Series will visit a permanent road course. Mid-Ohio first appeared on the Indycar schedule in 1980, and has been a fan favorite every year the series has returned there. It is also a favorite of BHA rookie driver Gabby Chaves.In 2013, Chaves won his first Indy Lights race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. BHA has always had a strong car in The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio where they have consistently threatened for a top five. The combination of Chaves and BHA both expect to be contenders at the famed road course…

Gabby Chaves on The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio:
“Although I’ve stayed pretty busy on our break here, I never stopped thinking about the next race at Mid-Ohio. I need to capitalize on my experience there from previous years; Mid-Ohio was where I won my first Indy Lights race. So I’ll feel pretty confident here, and the Bowers & Wilkins team has given me some pretty strong cars on the road courses. I’m really looking forward to it, and hope we can keep improving on our consistent solid finishes while we work towards our goal of having a top five or podium finish before the year is over.”

The weekend’s weather is predicted to be nearly perfect: low 80’s and little chance of rain. Mid-Ohio has a number of great viewing hills ~perfect for a picnic at the track the whole family will enjoy!

About Bryan Herta Autosport:
Co-Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second Verizon IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series and in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series as Bryan Herta Rallysport. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen Motorsports of Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.

Chaves 16th After Hard Fought Iowa Race

Fighting Handling, BHA Soldiers Home to Finish

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Newton, IA -After struggling to find grip in the Iowa heat, Gabby Chaves and the Bowers & Wilkins #98 survived 300 hard fought laps to finish 16th. The BHA team fought handling issues all night, and made up a number spots through attrition and consistent pit stops…

The only time the Indycar series ran under the lights at Iowa Speedway was after the start of the race. Chaves fought a lack of grip all night, but hung on to the #98 car to gain valuable points in the chase for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.

The BHA team will be off next weekend as they prepare for the final three races of the season starting at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 2.

Gabby Chaves on the Iowa Corn 300:
“It was a really big struggle out there all day. Couldn’t find any grip, just basically trying to survive the whole race. Hopefully we can figure out what the issue is and move forward from here.”

BHA Team Builds Momentum Going Into Iowa

Strong Run at Milwaukee Inspires Team Heading to Iowa

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Indianapolis -For the second weekend in a row, short ovals are the challenge for the Verizon Indycar Series drivers. This time, it’s the shortest circuit on the schedule: the .9 mile Iowa Speedway.

Heading off a strong showing at the Milwaukee Mile, Gabby Chaves and the #98 Bowers & Wilkins team are looking for their highest finish of the season. A late yellow at Milwaukee negated a potential 6th or 7th place finish for the BHA team, and this weekend the team hopes for luck to finally be on their side…

The Iowa Corn 300 is always a favorite with the teams. The stands are always packed with knowledgeable and passionate Indycar fans. After all, as one fan told us last year, “there isn’t much to do while the corn is growing”. This is the second night race of the season, starting at 8:50pm ET (coverage starts at 8pm ET on NBCSN and the Indycar Radio Network).

Gabby Chaves on the Iowa Corn 300:
“We’re looking forward to Iowa and finding some more speed on the #98 Bowers and Wilkins car. We learned a lot last weekend at Milwaukee and are confident that we have a good car for this weekend. It’s nice to come off of a weekend with positive momentum and carry that on to see what results we can make here.”

Gabby Chaves at the ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250

Milwaukee, WI  –The condensed Sunday schedule for the ABC Supply 250 at the Milwaukee Mile was a race fans dream! Practice qualifying and the 250 mile race were all contested today under perfect weather.

Gabby Chaves and the BHA team were consistently between tenth and twelfth all day. After practicing in the top 10, an early draw in qualifying resulted in a twelfth place starting position as the track improved throughout the session.

At the start of the race, Chaves used his outside starting position to move up to sixth place on lap one. Passing was at a premium;
the equality between all cars was nearly perfect and it took a mistake or mis-timing on another drivers part to make a pass.

As the race progressed through two late caution periods, the BHA team appeared to be on a strategy for a top six finish. Chaves asked for no changes on the car as it was nearly perfect, a credit to the engineering staff.

However, the final caution allowed a number of cars who would have ran out of fuel to make it to the end of the race. In the end, Chaves and the BHA team had to settle for 11th place finish, a finish not reflective of the strength of the #98 car or young driver’s solid race.

Gabby Chaves on the ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250:
“Well another race, moving forward, everytime getting some points. I think we had a really strong car today, unfortunately just kinda got out of luck with that last caution. I think with the cars that weren’t going to make it on fuel that were ahead of us would have put us into the top seven. That’s that, but we did the best we could. We had a good enough car and we raced hard, so were happy with the job the crew did.”

Chaves Excited for 1st Short Oval of 2015

Chaves Excited for 1st Short Oval of 2015
250 Laps on Milwaukee Mile is a Historical Challenge
Indianapolis  –Auto racing first occurred on the Milwaukee Mile in 1903, six years before the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built. Then it was dirt. The mile was paved in 1954, and Indycars have competed there almost continuously since. The list of winners reads like a “who’s who” of open wheel racing…

This will be the first of two short ovals on the 2015 Verizon Indycar Schedule, and the first of rookie Gabby Chaves’ Indycar career.  However, Chaves is no stranger to the Milwaukee Mile with two top four finishes in Indy Lights.

Both qualifying and the race are on Sunday, a condensed schedule that give the race fan one super day at Milwaukee Indyfest. The race is 250 laps around the 1-mile oval, and car setup is key to staying on the lead lap and getting through traffic. Expect at least three pitstops from most teams, depending on yellows…

Gabby Chaves on the ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250:
“I’m pretty excited to get things going once again after a short break here and can focus on Milwaukee and getting back on track to the results we want to see. Coming on to the final stretch of the championship, we’re definitely wanting to break in to the top 5, challenging for a podium position before the year is over. So we will be working very hard this weekend to take the steps into that direction.”

About Bryan Herta Autosport:
Co-Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second Verizon IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series and in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series as Bryan Herta Rallysport. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen Motorsports of Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.

BHA & Chaves Ready for 2nd 500 Mile Race of 2015

BHA & Chaves Ready for 2nd 500 Mile Race of 2015
Warm Weather & High Speeds Will Test Teams 
Fontana, CA –The second leg of Indycar’s “Triple Crown” will be contested Saturday at 4:30pm ET at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway just east of Los Angeles. 2015’s second 500-mile race will be a true test of man and machine as ambient temperatures are expected to be in the Mid-90’s. With the sun, track temperatures could reach over 130 degrees, and combine that with the nearly constant dust/sand that blows across the track and the MAVTV500 will be the most challenging event of the 2015 season.

Track time is valuable at every Verizon IndyCar Series event, but this could be an advantage for the Bowers & Wilkins team this weekend. As a rookie, Gabby Chaves will be allowed an extra hour of track time in a “rookies only” practice session on Friday morning. This could prove to be an advantage for the BHA team, allowing the team time to focus on a qualifying and race setup in separate sessions. Additionally, Chaves competed in the the 2013 Indy Lights race at Auto Club Speedway. 

After strong performances on both ovals to date this season, Gabby Chaves and the BHA team are confident they can improve on their top finishes of the year this Saturday in the MAVTV500.

Gabby Chaves on the MAVTV500:
“I’m very excited for this weekend’s race. The Bowers & Wilkins car was very good at both Indy and Texas, I ran well here in Indy Lights, and we expect to be competitive here as well.”

“I suspect the difference between Lights and the Indycars here will be the number of lines the Indycars use. In Lights we were pretty much stuck to the bottom lane; Indycar will have guys on the bottom, middle, and high lanes. Also too, the length of the race.  500 miles in these temperatures will be a real test for everyone physically and the cars.  However, I spent the past week training and I’m confident our BHA Honda will be reliable as always.”

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