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Conor Daly to Drive for Harding Racing at Honda Indy Toronto

Indianapolis, Ind. (July 10, 2018) Conor Daly will join the Harding Racing team for the Honda Indy Toronto Grand Prix this weekend. The American will pilot the #88 car along the streets of the Exhibition Place circuit in downtown Toronto.
Conor Daly is a veteran Verizon IndyCar Series driver with 40 starts in five seasons. The 26-year-old has one podium finish.
“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.”
Verizon IndyCar Series practice will start this Friday at 10:40 a.m. ET. The green flag will be Sunday, July 15, at 3:42 p.m. on NBC Sports.

Tough Race at Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn 300

Newton, Iowa (July 8, 2018) Today the #88 Harding Racing team decided to retire early from the Iowa Corn 300 with safety in mind because of an ill-handling car. On Saturday, Chaves had qualified in 16th position for the race and had finished the two Saturday practice sessions in 15th and 16th. This is the first time in Harding Racing history that Gabby Chaves was unable to bring the #88 to the checkered flag.
“Obviously today we had a very disappointing race because for the first time we didn’t see the checkered flag.” said Gabby Chaves. “It’s hard to accept that. Sometimes you have those days, and you have to make the right choices to avoid making it even worse. So, for now, we’ll just concentrate on taking a look at the car and figuring out if anything was broken or if there were issues we missed overnight that would identify why we struggled so much during the race, and go from there.”
“We had a great car at the start of the weekend,” said Vice President of Operations Vince Kremer.” But, we missed out with the temperature change from yesterday to today.  After we qualified yesterday, we still had a pretty good car. I’m not sure what happened after that, but we got a little sideways trying to figure out the car. Really tough day today. I’m disappointed because Gabby and the guys worked really hard. Luckily, we have a race in a week and will get back out there. So, really looking forward to Toronto.”
The team now looks to next weekend for the Honda Indy Toronto street-circuit race. On-track action will start at 10:40 p.m. ET on Friday, July 13. Green flag will be Sunday, July 15, at 3:42 p.m. ET on NBC Sports.

Iowa Corn 300 Weekend for Harding Racing

Newton, Iowa (July 6, 2018) IndyCar Series competition continues at Iowa Speedway this weekend with the Iowa Corn 300. Gabby Chaves will compete in a 22-car field along the 0.875-mile tri-oval beginning with practice and qualifications on Saturday, July 7.
Although the July 8th Iowa Corn 300 will be Harding Racing’s first official race at Iowa Speedway, it will be the #88’s second time on the tri-oval in a week. After a strong test there last Wednesday, the team is looking forward to this weekend’s race.
“Really excited for the Iowa Corn 300 this weekend,” said Gabby Chaves. “We had an extremely productive test last week with the team, so we’re already ahead going into practice one on Saturday. Iowa Speedway always brings a nice crowd, so we’re looking forward to a fun weekend with the Harding Racing team!”
“We’re excited about returning to Iowa this weekend after a successful private test last week,” said Brian Barnhart. “It seemed to be a very productive day for the Harding Group as we made steady progress all day long continually improving the car for Gabby. Hopefully, that trend will continue this weekend, and we can put in our best finish of the year.”
Iowa Corn 300 on-track action will start on Saturday, July 7, at 10:15 a.m. Central Time for Practice 1. Coverage will be live on racecontrol.indycar.com. Green flag for the Iowa Corn 300 will be Sunday, July 8, 1:40 p.m. Central Time.

Harding Racing Looking Forward to Detroit Doubleheader Weekend

This weekend, Gabby Chaves and the #88 Harding Racing crew will be at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. The 23-car field will race for 70 laps on a 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course this Saturdayand Sunday in the only doubleheader of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar season.
Last weekend, the Colombian-American finished 14th in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 to tie the team’s best finish of the 2018 season. Chaves looks forward to competing for the first time on the Detroit street course circuit under the Chevrolet banner.
“Excited to get this weekend in Detroit going,” said Gabby Chaves. “It’s a very challenging track physically, mentally and technically. I’m ready to get going and to maximize our efforts. This is especially important because it’s a doubleheader weekend, and there are double points on the line. We’ll see if we can do a really good job because having a nice result in both races will really help us get some momentum going after May.”
“Detroit presents a unique set of challenges due to the fact that it is IndyCar’s only doubleheader race weekend,” said Brian Barnhart. “This is made even more difficult because it comes on the heels of the IndyCar Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 activities. It is also a huge challenge for the guys from a preparedness aspect combined with the fact that it is a difficult and challenging race track. With races on both Saturday and Sunday, everyone is going to have to be on their game due to the rough surface of the track and its impact on the cars for two days this weekend.”

Harding Racing Happy with ‘Race of Perseverance’ During 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Harding Racing finished the 102nd Indianapolis 500 in 14th position after qualifying for the race in 22nd position. The #88 Harding Group Chevrolet car piloted by Gabby Chaves ran strong in front of an almost sold out speedway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 200 laps.
After a small wing change on one of the final pit stops, the Colombian-American maneuvered through the field to pick off five spots to finish the race in 14th position. Chaves has finished on the lead lap for all four of his Indianapolis 500 starts, last year he brought home a ninth-place finish in Harding Racing’s Indianapolis 500 debut race.
“It was a race of perseverance for us,” said Chaves. “First 160 laps were really tough because the car was a bit all over the place. At the end we had a nice change that completely turned the car around and all of a sudden, I was passing cars and driving as hard as I could. That put us in a really good position to where if we hadn’t been unlucky in the last restart with the lapped cars that went through pit lane on the last few laps, we would have had a top ten finish.”
“Really proud of Gabby and the #88 Harding Racing guys,” said team owner Mike Harding. “I know they worked tirelessly to pull off a 14th place finish in the 102nd running. We’ll be back next year.”
“I’m really proud of the Harding race team and the Harding Group,” said team president Brian Barnhart.” They worked so hard all month long and really persevered through it all. We struggled to get a decent handling car until the final 75 miles of the race due to the warm temperatures, then once we got it dialed in we made some progress forward. Overall we executed fairly well and proud to soldier home in a 14th place finishing position and now looking forward to continuing positive momentum in Detroit this weekend.
The team travels to Detroit, Michigan for the Dual in Detroit on Belle Isle this weekend. Practice starts on Friday, June 1st at 11:20 a.m. ET. Coverage for Race 1 of the Dual in Detroit will start Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Harding Racing Happy with Improvements from Indy GP Weekend

Indianapolis, Ind. (May 14, 2018) Gabby Chaves and the Harding Racing Chevrolet finished the Indianapolis Grand Prix in 17th position. After qualifying 22nd, Chaves quickly powered the #88 through the 24-car field to 15thposition on lap 10.
The team ran a different strategy by pitting immediately following a yellow on lap one. Throughout the duration of the race they periodically held the top-five position and were on pace with the top-ten cars in the field during green.
“That was a long race with a lot of green time,” said Gabby Chaves. “I was pretty happy with the changes we made, especially on the red tires. We really struggled for pace on the black tires, so that’s something we’ll have to look at the data and figure out how we improve that aspect of our race. I thought that if it wasn’t for a few mishaps in the pits we’d probably be inside the top-ten. Now we make a few improvements and I’m really looking forward to the best part of this month.”
“We made some positive strides on the weekend as a whole,” said Brian Barnhart.” But we didn’t execute the pit stops in the manner and fashion that we needed to. So unfortunately, every bit of progress made during the race we gave it up every time we get into pit road and that’s just something you can’t afford to do in the Verizon IndyCar series. We’re going to make sure we’re going to focus and execute our pit stops better as we prepare for the Indianapolis 500.
On-track action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway resumes for Indianapolis 500 practice on Tuesday, May 15. Teams will have two days to turn their road course cars around to the super-speedway setup. All practice sessions will be live streamed on youtube.com/indycar or racecontrolindycar.com.

Harding Racing excited for team additions

Leeds, Ala. (April 20, 2018) Harding Racing has added key personnel to the team’s senior management this week between the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Vince Kremer joins the team as vice president of operations along with Gerald Tyler as technical director.
The team is excited to add these experienced members to their lineup starting this weekend for the fourth race of the Verizon IndyCar 2018 season. Vince Kremer was previously vice president of operations for the Verizon IndyCar Series. He will now work closely with team president Barnhart and team manager Larry Curry.
“It was easy for me to make the decision to get back on the competition side,” said Kremer. “I have always been a racer and a competitor. I did the officiating for a while, but at heart I am a racer and not an official.”
Kremer worked with Brian Barnhart and Al Unser Jr. when they were at Team Penske, but he has never worked with owner of Harding Racing, Mike Harding.
“The first time I met Mike Harding, it was like we had known each other for a long time,” said Kremer. “It was a very comfortable feeling, and it was nice being a part of a small group where everyone is part of the solution. I’m really looking forward to moving up on the grid and getting on the podium. I have had the unique pleasure of bringing a first win to a team, and I’m very excited to do that again.”
Team president Brian Barnhart feels these additions will help the team moving forward. Gerald Tyler has decades of motorsports experience and he will work directly with lead engineer, Matt Curry.
“The biggest thing we are looking at is anytime you have the opportunity to add depth and quality people to your staff, you look forward to that opportunity,” said Barnhart. “We have done that with both Vince and Gerald. Gerald will add tremendous depth to our engineering department and brings a lot of expertise and knowledge in that arena.  Vince is a great manager and great operational logistics person. He will also be a tremendous asset to the race team.”
“I know Harding Racing is a new team that’s a little bit behind the more established teams in the paddock,” said Gerald Tyler. “So, I’m very excited to join a good group of guys around here and work with Gabby Chaves. We know we have a big challenge ahead, but we’re determined to do our best to build a positive team culture and strong foundation to be successful in the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

CHAVES READY FOR DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY CASINO PHOENIX GRAND PRIX

NDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April, 5, 2018) Verizon IndyCar Series competition resumes out west with the first oval of the 2018 season, the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway. The #88 Harding Racing IR18 Chevrolet powered car piloted by Gabby Chaves will race 250 laps on the 1.022-mile oval for 255.5 miles.
This is Harding Racing’s first full-time campaign in the Verizon IndyCar Series. In March, after qualifying 8th, the rookie team finished 14th in their first street course race at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. They will compete on their first short track oval at ISM Raceway this weekend.
“Heading out to Phoenix for our first short oval race, not only of the year but as a team,” said Gabby Chaves. “We had two days of testing there in the pre-season, so we have a good idea of the direction we want to take from where we were. We expect that it will be a pretty tough race in terms of passing. We think everything will come down to qualifying up front, then holding track position as best we can throughout the race and having clean pit stops. I think we’ve done a lot of work in between pre-season testing and getting back to the race weekend now, so hopefully, we can put all that work and effort into a good result out there this weekend.”
“We’re looking forward to the trio of upcoming races,” said team president Brian Barnhart. “We were pleased with our qualifying effort at St. Petersburg. Now we look forward to using what we learned in Phoenix at the open test in Phoenix and putting in another solid performance for the Harding Group.”
Green flag for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix is Saturday, April 7, at 9:40 pm ET with NBCSN coverage starting at 9:00 pm ET. Track activity begins Friday, April 6, at 5:00 pm ET. Video streaming will be available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com and the IndyCar YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/indycar. NBCSN will broadcast Friday qualifying live at 8:00 pm ET.

BARNHART NAMED PRESIDENT OF HARDING RACING

Well, this came in as a surprise from Harding Racing today! Going to take me and Steve a moment to process this news, but in short I can say it’s a “surprise!” I will freely admit I “like” Brian (not that it’s an important attribute for someone in his role) based on our numerous interactions…

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New team Harding Racing enters Chaves for 101st Indianapolis 500

New team Harding Racing enters Chaves for 101st Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, April 10, 2017) – Two Indianapolis businessmen, Mike Harding of Harding Group and Dennis Reinbold of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, have formed a technical alliance for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will field an entry…

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