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Chaves Soldiers Home to 15th in Toronto

Chaves Soldiers Home to 15th in Toronto
Tricky Weather Proves Difficult to Perfect Setup
Toronto –Gabby Chaves and the BHA team worked hard all weekend in trying wet, semi-wet, and dry conditions to find the grip and balance that would allow Gabby to continue his recent run of top-ten results.  Weather cancelled one of only three available practice sessions, and a brake issue in another, meant Gabby and the BHA team only had one meaningful practice period in which to try to improve the car for the bumpy and slick downtown Toronto street circuit.  In the end, the Bowers & Wilkins team delivered another clean finish, improved from their 22nd starting position, and secured a fifteenth place finish.

Gabby Chaves also moved into fifteenth in season points; proving the consistency of the team’s preparations and Chaves’s driving. To date, the leading rookie in the Verizon IndyCar Series has completed all but four laps in the racing events.

Gabby Chaves on the Honda Indy Toronto: 
“We had a race where we still managed to finish the race, learn some more. We definitely struggled with pace, it was tough with so few laps in practice to get the car dialed in where I needed it. I’m happy we got a finish as it was tricky out there today, but I’m ready to fight for Top Fives and will be pushing hard to finish these last six races.  The team is still highly motivated, I am still highly motivated. I think we can close out this last 1/3 of the championship improving even more and on a high.”

The BHA team will enjoy their first weekend off since since the first of May before heading to California Speedway in Fontana, CA for the second 500-mile race of the season on June 27th. Chaves finished second there in 2013’s Indy Lights race, and looks to improve on his two strong appearances on ovals in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

BHA Comes to Canada on a Streak

Chaves looks for 3rd Straight Top 10

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Indianapolis -This weekend marks the last weekend of a grueling six-week stint on the Verizon Indycar Schedule that started with the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in early May. While most teams are tired and looking forward to being off next weekend, Gabby Chaves and the BHA team are looking to continue their mid-season streak of driver career-best top ten finishes.

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Toronto is the only trip north of the boarder for Indycar this season. The track is one of the oldest street circuits on the schedule, and is always a favorite stop for drivers and teams. Based around Toronto’s Exhibition Place, the 1.75mile 11-turn circuit provide Chaves and the BHA team another great opportunity to score a career best finish…

“We are coming off two top tens in a row (Detroit 2 & Texas), which is really progress for the team and myself,” stated Chaves. “So, I’m really looking forward to putting the hammer down in Toronto hopefully for a top five or a podium! I’m really just happy with the work the Bowers & Wilkins team has been doing, we’ve been getting better and better together. And I’m really looking forward to seeing how strong we can get through the remainder of the season ~it looks good from here we’ll keep working hard!”

A top-5 or podium finish for the young Colombian driver is not out question. Chaves finished second in both of his Indy Lights appearances in Toronto. Toronto is the last street race of the 2015 season, and likely the BHA team’s best chance of any of them to climb on the podium…

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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BHA Comes to Canada with New Sponsor

Leading Canadian Solar Company Joins BHA

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Toronto -Bryan Herta Autosport with Bowen Motorsports is proud to announce the addition of Deltro Electric Ltd (www.deltro.ca) of Toronto as an associate sponsor of the #98 Bowers & Wilkins Honda driven by Gabby Chaves in the Verizon IndyCar Series, for the remainder of this year. Deltro is a leading design and construction firm of major power systems in commercial, industrial, and public facilities throughout Canada and into the United States. Deltro is an industry leader in the design and building of ground-mount megawatt solar installations.

From Canada to the Caribbean, Deltro Electric is designing and installing solar farms capable of producing megawatts of electricity ~ each installation having enough electricity to power over 1,500 homes. IndyCar is a leader in motorsports with environmentally friendly regulations such as being the first major series to use Ethanol based fuels. For a high-tech, environmentally conscious company such as Deltro: IndyCar provides a great venue for exposure, networking, and growth and expansion.

David Bowen, co-owner Bryan Herta Autosport:
“IndyCar, along with Deltro, is about technology and innovation. Therefore it was a natural for us to partner together. We are proud to have Deltro Electric join our team to profile their services not only across North America but internationally as well. We look forward to developing our own solar powered systems with Deltro Electric to support our own weekend needs trackside.

David Del Mastro, owner of Deltro Electric, Ltd.:
“We are excited to come on board in support of BHA, Bowen Motorsports and Gabby Chaves. IndyCar is a natural outdoor sports property for us to promote our industry leading solar design and build capabilities. Indycar has always been on the cutting-edge of technology and adopting renewable energy sources such as Ethanol. As a leader in renewable solar energy production, Deltro Electric is a perfect fit with the series.”

Gabby Chaves, driver of BHA #98:
“I’m very excited to have Deltro Electric join BHA. The solar power projects they construct are awesome and provide renewable energy to thousands of homes. I’m excited we could announce this partnership before the Toronto race, their home race, and hope to give them a strong finish.”

Chaves at Texas Post Race Report

Chaves Finishes 10th in Firestone 600
Tire Preservation Still Key to Winning in Texas
Dallas, TX –After last night’s final practice, Gabby Chaves said he wished that was the race.  The BHA team was third fastest, and Chaves was passing cars like he was driving in a video game. Twenty-four hours later, the Bowers & Wilkins car was good, but minor changes in track conditions, weather, or by competitors evened the playing field.  Still, it was an impressive weekend for the rookie driver at the most daunting track on the Indycar circuit…

Chaves had qualified 20th, and moved us steadily throughout the 600k race. As car owner Bryan Herta put it, “we played Russian Roulette” on the second pitstop by leaving Chaves on track until it was absolutely necessary to pit.  The gamble paid off as the #98 caught the only yellow flag of the event and was able to rejoin the lead lap.

Consistent pit work and driving plus adjusting the front wing and tire pressures allowed the #98 team to advance a number of positions as other teams earned penalties and mis-managed tire wear. In the end, BHA earned their second straight top-ten finish.

Gabby Chaves on his first race at Texas Motor Speedway:
“We constantly improved the car throughout the race, and made our way through the field pretty well. We had a couple of slower stops, but all my crew and everyone on the team did a fantastic job to improve the car and give me a car I was comfortable racing with.  Two top tens in a row is really good progress, and we’re just looking forward to continuing to improve on this momentum going onto the next few races.”

BHA & Chaves Ready for Texas Highbanks

Indianapolis –After a wet and cool weekend in Detroit, the Verizon IndyCar Series will head to the hot and dry Texas Motor Speedway for the Firestone 600(k) on Saturday night. BHA won the pole there in 2012, but this will be the first visit to the 1.5mile D-shaped high-banked oval for Gabby Chaves.

Texas has been on the Indycar schedule since 1997 and provided some of the closest and most exciting races on the schedule. Since the introduction of the Dallara DW12 in 2012, the field has spread out somewhat due to aerodynamics changes.  2015 will be the first time the teams of Indycar contest Texas with the manufacturer developed “aero-kits”.

Texas is also unique because it begins as the sun is setting and ends totally under the lights. Keys to the race not only include setting up the car for the drastic change in track temperatures, but managing the tires to last a whole fuel run. Tire degradation is a major problem on the high banked “cheese grater” surface track…

This will be Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Gabby Chaves’s first visit the 1.5mile track. Chaves had the Bowers & Wilkins Honda in the top ten at the 500, and is very much looking forward to returning to the oval tracks and challenging for the win.

Gabby Chaves on his first race at Texas Motor Speedway:
“I’m very excited to go to Texas, especially after our best result of the year so far (9th in Detroit 2). We’re hoping to continue with the momentum. Being my first time on a 1.5 mile high bank oval in the big car, I’m excited for that. We had a strong car at Indy 500, so we feel confident the Bowers & Wilkins car will be good in Texas as well. I’m also looking forward to racing under the lights for the first time and to keep making progress as we’ve done every race weekend this year so far.”

Chaves Detroit #2 Report

Chaves 9th In “Dual in Detroit” Race 2
BHA Rebounds after 18th on Saturday

Detroit –The weather presented as much of a challenge as the track in race one of the “Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans”. The conditions all weekend were less than favorable for racing with both Saturday’s and Sunday’s races requiring both rain and dry tires.

Saturday’s race tire choice went wet-dry-wet. Including a stop for a flat tire near the 2/3 mark of the race, the BHA team made eight pit stops during the thunderstorm shortened event. When the red flag for lightning ended the race, Chaves was credited with 18th position.

Sunday too was more fit for ducks than Nomex racing shoes. Qualifying was cancelled and the teams were lined up on points (18th for the BHA team). The race started on wet tires and continued through the second fuel stint on the treaded Firestone tires. Shortly before the #98 team’ final stop, the race officially became a timed (2 hour) race and teams began switching to dry slick tires.

Chaves and the BHA team, knowing it was “this could get crazy”, made the switch the alternate (softer) Firestone red tire for the finish of the race. Numerous yellows and a red flag allowed six cars who would require another stop to finish the race on fumes. However, the Bowers & Wilkins team soldiered home to a their first top ten finish of 2015 and Chaves highest career finish of 9th.

Gabby Chaves on his 9th place finish in Detroit Dual #2:
“We kind of stayed out of trouble the whole time, and it kind of paid off for us at the end. One of the cars in front of us had a drive through penalty and was blocking left and right, so we lost two positions because of that. But in the end we finished the race, and had a decent car ~better than before, so we’re improving every time out…”

Chaves 16th & Rookie of the Year at Indy – BHA Team Preps for Tough June Stretch

Chaves 16th & Rookie of the Year at Indy – BHA Team Preps for Tough June Stretch
INDIANAPOLISSunday’s Indianapolis 500 is being called one of the best all-around 500’s in the event’s 99 year history. There were over 600 position changes at the start finish lines, and Gabby Chaves likely accounted for a couple dozen of those.

Chaves moved up to as high as 8th from the middle of row nine. Closing in on the final pit-stop, Chaves was catching the lapped #14 car when the #14 lifted off turn-two. The #98 mad a quick move to the left; however, still clipped the rear of the #14 with his right-front wing.

The BHA team chose not to lose track position changing the wing; however the increased drag and resulting understeer put Chaves on the defensive for the remainder of the race. The #98 fought hard, but had to settle for a 16th place finish. As the highest finishing rookie, Chaves earned the coveted Rookie Of The Year title. He is the fourth Colombian driver to do so.

Gabby Chaves on his first Indianapolis 500:
“I just kinda wish I could do it again!  The BHA team gave me a great car and a top six finish wasn’t out of the question.  After losing a lap early, we made it up and were moving up quickly, the car was strong enough to make it up and I could pass on the inside and outside.”
“Right as we were moving into the top ten and getting ready for our last stop, I had minor contact with the lapped #14 car. It knocked off our right front wing end-fence. We made the decision to tough it out; the car had some understeer and a lot more drag down the straightaways which slowed us quite a bit.”
“As far as my biggest surprise of the race, I would have to say it was easier than I expected after Carb Day. My engineers and the whole Bowers & Wilkins Castrol EDGE team gave me a great car that made passing a lot easier than I thought.  Honestly, we were only making half pound air pressure adjustments. The car was awesome and I can’t wait to come back next year!”

Over the next three weeks, the BHA team will compete in four races. This Saturday and Sunday the Verizon Indycar Series will have their only double race weekend of the season on Belle Isle in Detroit. The track is a 2.34mile 13-turn temporary road course that always provides plenty of action.  It’s critical for the Bowers & Wilkins team to have consistent finishes both days to strengthen the team’s points position.

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 Qualifying Report – Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS –Indianapolis is known for surprises, and this qualifying weekend certainly lived up to that… Saturday saw two cars take qualifying attempts before the rains came in and washed out the remainder of the day. Sunday started with a practice crash by the #20 car and a five-hour delay while the safety concerns of the Chevy Aero-Kits were addressed before qualifying could begin. Ultimately, Indycar decided to error on the side of caution and safety. The extra turbo-boost given to the teams on Friday for qualifying was taken away. Additionally, all teams had to run “race condition” aerodynamics.

Chaves and the #98 BHA team were near the end of the 34 car qualifying line. Due to the late rule changes and short 30 minute practice with the updated rules, the BHA team didn’t have enough time to perfect the setup. Ultimately, the rookie qualified 29th with an average speed of 222.916MPH -still fast enough to earn the award for Fastest Rookie, and his name on that trophy in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

Gabby Chaves Quote on Qualifying for Indy 500:
“The car felt good on the qualifying run, and I can’t thank my team enough for that. Like everyone else, we got a “curveball” today but we made the best of it.”
“We did have a few things we could have done better that would have gained us a few more positions on the grid, but overall I’m still excited to be in my first Indianapolis 500 and believe we have a great race car and will be a contender by the end of the day next Sunday.”

BHA Indianapolis 500 Pre-Qualifying Notes & Quotes

INDIANAPOLIS –After five days of intense practice, the time has come to qualify for the 99th Indianapolis 500. Gabby Chaves and the Bowers & Wilkins Castrol EDGE team have been among the top ten cars on the speed charts all week. On “Fast Friday”, when the teams are given extra turbo boost for an additional 50 horsepower, Chaves was fourth fastest (without a draft).

The format for this year’s qualifying is a little different and should add even more excitement! Saturday, all 34 entries fight to secure a spot in the top 30 and more importantly the”Firestone Fast 9″.

Sunday, the times are wiped out and provisional qualifiers 31-33 (and anyone looking in from the outside) re-qualify for a spot on the final row. Following that, positions 10-30 are determined as all the cars in that group re-qualify. Finally, the Fast 9 fight it out for the pole and $100,000 prize that comes with it…

Gabby Chaves Quote on Qualifying for Indy 500:
“This weekend is about being comfortable when you’re uncomfortable. Aero wise, the car is on edge the whole four laps and as the tires fall off that edge gets sharper… The BHA team and my engineers have given me a car capable of being in the Fast 9 shootout, and that’s our goal for Saturday. Then our goal will be to come back Sunday and try and put it on the pole!”

Angie’s List GP of Indianapolis Post-Race Notes & Quotes

Angie’s List GP of Indianapolis Post-Race Notes & Quotes

INDIANAPOLIS –The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy started with a great opportunity for the #98 team: avoiding the first corner crash and moving up from 16th to 9th. Gabby Chaves and the Angie’s List team looked poised for a solid top ten finish through the first half of the race, running a strong 8th, and even leading a lap as pit stops cycled among the leaders.

The third stint of the race saw the #98 Angie’s List car stuck in a fight with another car, costing a great deal of time. On the third and final stop of the race, the team switched back to the alternate “Red” (faster) tire; however, lost significant grip the final ten laps of the race as the tires wore off halting a late charge. Chaves finished fifteenth.

Gabby Chaves Quote on Angie’s List GP of Indy:
“The Angie’s List car was really good the first half of the race and were able to keep pace with the lead pack. We got stuck behind the #4 car for quite a while, and that cost us a lot of time before switching to the black tires. We struggled to find the pace on the primary tire before going back to our pace on the alternate tire. We keep improving every weekend: we ran strong, and had a great time representing Angie’s List in their race!”

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