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Herta and O’Ward Enthusiastic for Verizon IndyCar Series Debut at Sonoma Raceway

Herta and O’Ward Give Harding Racing their Best Finish of the 2018 IndyCar Season
Sonoma, Calif. (September 16, 2018) The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series finale brought Harding Racing its best start and finish of the season after entering two cars in the Grand Prix of Sonoma. Patricio O’Ward, pilot of the #8, participated in the Firestone Fast Six, qualified in fifth position and finished ninth. Colton Herta, pilot of the #88, qualified 19th and finished the day in 20th.
This was Herta’s and O’Ward’s IndyCar debut following their recent graduation from the Mazda Road to Indy program. O’Ward is the newly-crowned Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Champion, and Colton Herta is the runner-up and Freedom 100 winner.
“This weekend was a good experience,” said Colton Herta. “I’m not too happy with the result, but I’m happy with the way my debut went and the pace that I showed. There are sure some things that I can work on going into the off season. I had an amazing time. Thank you to Harding Racing, Mike Harding, Team Chevy and Firestone. Can’t wait to see if we can do it again in St. Pete.”
“It was a really great weekend, and we learned a lot,” said Patricio O’Ward. “We qualified the car fifth, and we ended the race ninth. As a driver, you want to stay in your qualifying position or get better. But I think for a first try, especially with a super long race with three or four pit stops, that was a job well done. I’m really satisfied, and I just want to get better for next year.”
“What a great weekend,” said Brian Barnhart. “We could not have asked for a better weekend at Harding Racing. We were just looking to come here and focus on the debut of these two guys and their IndyCar Series races. The most important thing was to get both of them to finish, and we did that. We had excellent race results out of both of them. Both cars finished on the lead lap, we gained a ton of valuable experience and this also gives us a lot to focus on over the winter. The plan is to come out of the gate strong in 2019.”
“We had a great weekend in Sonoma,” said Al Unser Jr. “The crew did a fantastic job on both cars, and what can I say about the drivers…the new kids on the block! Colton did a fantastic job and Pato did a superb job. The beginning of a new era with Harding Racing. I think it was a wonderful weekend in Sonoma. Congratulations to Scott Dixon on his fifth IndyCar championship, and of course to Ryan Hunter-Reay for winning the race. Those guys were awfully strong. We’re going to take the winter now to regroup and hopefully come back stronger to fight for the title next year.”

Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta to Join Harding Racing for Verizon IndyCar Series Finale

Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta to Join Harding Racing for Verizon IndyCar Series Finale
Indianapolis, Ind. (September 7, 2018) Harding Racing will add a second Chevrolet-powered IndyCar to their lineup for the Grand Prix of Sonoma next weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires 2018 Champion Patricio O’Ward will pilot the #8, and 2018 Freedom 100 winner and Indy Lights Runner-Up Colton Herta will pilot the #88 in their Verizon IndyCar Series debut.
Herta and O’Ward are recent Mazda Road to Indy graduates. In Herta’s two years of competing in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship, Herta earned six wins, ten pole positions and 20 podium finishes. O’Ward finished his tenure of Indy Lights with nine wins, nine pole positions and 14 podiums.
“We’re really happy with how Patricio did in the car at Sonoma,” said Brian Barnhart. “Coupling that with the excellent job that Colton did in Portland earlier in August, Harding Racing is really excited about being able to provide their Verizon IndyCar Series race day debuts next week at Sonoma.”
“I’m super happy to get my start in IndyCar next weekend for the Sonoma Grand Prix,” said Colton Herta. “Mike Harding and Brian Barnhart have been very supportive in this effort and I can’t think of a better place to get my start in IndyCar. There are too many people to thank for this opportunity, but I’m very thankful for Harding Racing.”
Yesterday, Patricio tested with Harding Racing at Sonoma Raceway. This was his first time in an IndyCar.
“Really happy how the day ended,” said Patricio O’Ward. “We were very quick, and the car felt very good. The differences between the Lights and these cars are insanely different. The amount of grip and the amount of power that these cars have is just something different, I’ve never driven something is fast. Around Sonoma the difference in this aero makes the car so much heavier and the braking capabilities of these type of brakes are amazing. They’re very strong. The car is extremely difficult, so I’m going to have to go to the gym. I’m just super happy with how the day ended and I honestly could not have imagined the car being better. It is a monster. It is a beast. I’m really looking forward to the race weekend, I know we’re going to be pretty strong.”
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series finale will take place at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, September 16. NBC Sports will broadcast qualifying on Saturday from 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET. Green flag for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma will be 3:40 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

Patricio O’Ward to Test with Harding Racing in Sonoma

Patricio O’Ward to Test with Harding Racing in Sonoma
Indianapolis, Ind. (September 3, 2018) Harding Racing is excited to announce that 2018 Indy Lights Champion Patricio O’Ward will test the #88 Chevrolet on Thursday at Sonoma Raceway. This will be the first time he has driven an IndyCar.
The extremely talented 19-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico, has amassed nine wins, nine poles, and fourteen podiums this year driving for Andretti Autosport in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series.
“We’re excited about an opportunity on Thursday to continue what we began the middle of this year,” said Brian Barnhart. “We’ve had a good mix of testing with some experienced veterans as well as some up-and-coming talent coming through Mazda Road to Indy in the Indy Lights program. We’ve had Conor on at a street circuit, a permanent road course and a superspeedway. Gabby has done a great job for us on all disciplines as well. We had the opportunity to test Colton Herta at Portland, and now we’re excited about the opportunity to test Pato on Thursday, September 6, at Sonoma. We’re just doing exactly what we’ve stated all along. We’re getting a good mix between some experienced veterans and some of the young talent that has a bright future in IndyCar.”
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series finale will take place at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, September 16. NBC Sports will broadcast qualifying on Saturday from 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET. Green flag for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma will be 3:40 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NBCSN.
About Patricio O’Ward
19 year-old, O’Ward began racing go karts at the age of six and went on to capture three championship titles in Mexico and more than four championships in the U.S. In recent years, Patricio has won the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the North American Endurance Cup in the PC class as well as this year’s Indy Lights Championship presented by Cooper Tires.
About Harding Racing
Indianapolis based Harding Racing made its Verizon INDYCAR Series debut at the 2017 Indianapolis 500. The team is led by Mike Harding owner and president of Harding Group, a concrete and asphalt paving company based in Indianapolis. Brian Barnhart is team president of Harding Racing and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. serves the team as executive consultant. The team currently competes full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Gabby Chaves and Harding Racing Match Best Finish of Season at Portland Grand Prix

The Verizon IndyCar Series returned to Portland International Raceway for the Grand Prix of Portland after an eleven-year hiatus. The 105-lap race began with a multi-car crash on lap one. Gabby Chaves stayed clear of any contact or debris and was able to immediately bring the #88 up to 11th position after starting the day in 21st. He ran in the top ten for much of the race, finishing the day in 13th.

“We had a clean race through the start. I managed to pick up a bunch of positions early, and we ran inside the top ten for a good part of the day,” said Gabby Chaves. “We struggled a bit on the black tires, so we lost a few positions on track when we were running our stint. We still managed to be in good contention for a top-ten finish. On the last restart I had a good run on TK, but he just didn’t give me any room and I ended up in the grass while trying to defend the next position. After that, I had to give up that position as well. We have been improving the car all weekend and all year, so although 13th is not fantastic, it shows progression, which is good.”

“I’m really proud of the guys. They did a fantastic job all weekend,” said Brian Barnhart. “They battled hard after yesterday’s qualifications put us at the back of the grid. I feel really good that we were able to move up to 13th from where we started. We had great pit stops, the car was decent and Gabby did a nice job. Today was probably one of our best days of executing on the race track, and to make up eight or nine spots from where we started makes us feel pretty good and overall reasonably pleased.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series finale will take place at Sonoma Raceway with the Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, September 16. Practice will begin, Friday September 14, at 11:00 a.m. PT. Green flag will wave at 3:40 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.

Chaves and Harding Racing Eager for the Grand Prix of Portland

This weekend, Gabby Chaves is excited to pilot the #88 Harding Racing Chevrolet at the Portland International Raceway for the Portland Grand Prix. The Colombian-American will race 105 laps for 206.22 miles along the permanent 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course.
The team hopes to bring the from last weekend’s strong performance at Gateway Motorsports Park to this week’s road course with Chaves at the wheel for the 16th race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series.
“Great to come off one of our best performance weekends at Gateway and to keep the momentum going into Portland. I’ve never driven on the track, but it certainly seems like one of the high-speed flowing tracks that I love driving on. Ready to take on this challenge and looking forward to a great weekend with a full day of testing before the weekend starts, which should be fantastic and great for us as we keep striving for better and a faster performance.”
“I’m looking forward to this weekend,” said Brian Barnhart. “After testing here earlier in the month with Colton Herta, it gave us a decent starting point and some knowledge of the race track. Now Gabby and Gerald have taken it to the next step here at the open test today and we feel very happy and comfortable with some improved performance especially this afternoon. We’re really excited about the weekend.”
Official Portland Grand Prix practice starts on today at 10:45 a.m. PT. NBC Sports will broadcast qualifying live from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT on Saturday. Green flag will be Sunday, September 2 at 12:09 p.m. PT.

Gabby Chaves to Return to the #88 for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500

Indianapolis, Ind. (August 21, 2018) Harding Racing is excited to announce that Gabby Chaves will return to the #88 for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park. The Colombian-American will race 248 laps along the 1.25-mile oval for 500 kilometers. “Really enthused and ready to get behind the wheel of the 88 car…

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Gabby Chaves to Return to the #88 for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500

Indianapolis, Ind. (August 21, 2018) Harding Racing is excited to announce that Gabby Chaves will return to the #88 for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park. The Colombian-American will race 248 laps along the 1.25-mile oval for 500 kilometers.
“Really enthused and ready to get behind the wheel of the 88 car and be back with my guys,” said Gabby Chaves. “We’re ready to speed up our development and progression, and we’re more driven than ever to get some of the results we know are possible based on our results from last season. I’m also very excited to race at Gateway for the Bommarito 500 for the first time.”
“I first want to thank Conor for his contributions over the last couple of months and giving another perspective and feedback,” said Brian Barnhart. “We’re excited and happy to have Gabby back in the car as we head to St. Louis. And we’re looking to improve on our performance on the short oval form earlier in the year. Gabby has done a fantastic job being a team player through the process that had Conor in the car and Colton testing in Portland. Hopefully, we can show Gabby some improvements from the team standpoint when he rejoins us for the St. Louis weekend.”
Verizon IndyCar Series practice will start this Friday at 12:15 p.m. ET. NBC Sports will broadcast qualifying live at 4:00 pm. ET. Green flag for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will be Saturday, August 25 at 7:35 p.m. on NBC Sports.

Conor Daly to Drive the #88 with Harding Racing at Pocono Raceway

Indianapolis, Ind. (August 15, 2018) Conor Daly will return to the Harding Racing stable for the ABC Supply 500 weekend at Pocono Raceway starting on Saturday, August 18. The American will pilot the #88 Chevrolet for 200 laps around the ‘Tricky Triangle’, a three-turn superspeedway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania for 500 miles.
Daly recently drove for Harding Racing in the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and in the Honda Indy Toronto where his 13th place finish is the #88’s best so far this season. This coming weekend will be the team’s second race at Pocono Raceway and Daly’s third.
“Having the chance to race at Pocono is really exciting for me,” said Conor Daly. “Because it means as a team we’ll have had a chance to race at a road course, street course and superspeedway together. It’ll be a new challenge for us to work through, and I can’t wait for it. Thankfully, after competing at the Indy 500 this year, I have some experience with the superspeedway aero package which gives me some more confidence heading into the weekend. The Chevrolet engine was obviously very strong at Indy, so I look forward to working with them alongside the Harding Racing boys yet again this year.”
“Harding Racing feels our second half of the season program has generated considerable benefits for us,” said Brian Barnhart. “We’re going to continue that at Pocono Raceway in an effort to make sure that Conor had an opportunity to participate on all the disciplines that are included in the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. We would have done a street circuit, a permanent road course, and now a superspeedway with Conor when he runs at Pocono, and getting the feedback from him with each of those types of tracks is important for our future.”
Verizon IndyCar Series practice will start this Saturday, August 18, at 10:30 a.m. ET. NBC Sports will broadcast qualifying live starting at 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET. Green flag for the ABC Supply 500 will be Sunday, August 19 at 2:10 p.m. on NBC Sports.

Conor Daly and the #88 at the Honda 200 in Mid-Ohio

Indianapolis, Ind. (July 31, 2018) Conor Daly and the #88 Harding Racing Chevrolet finished the Honda 200 in 22nd position after qualifying 14th on Saturday. Daly ran consistently in the 14th spot and was on pace with most of the field throughout the 90-lap race but ran out of fuel on the last lap.
This was the second race the 26 year-old American drove the Harding Racing #88. He previously gave the team their best finish at the Honda Indy Toronto temporary street course circuit on July 15th.
“I think we had a reasonable pace all race long,” said Conor Daly. “We put in a little too much wing on the first stop, so the second stint was really tough because the car was really loose. After that we started making up some good ground on track and the car was pretty quick. The Chilton machine really messed with us when he was already a couple laps down. I’m sort of unsure as to why that was acceptable, but it is what it is. It’s a shame what happened by running out of fuel, but these things happen. Racing is a wild sport. The guys did really good in the pits, the pit stops were great, and the #88 Chevy was great. Now we just move on.”
“Well it’s a really disappointing finish to what was a fairly progressive weekend for us,” said Brian Barnhart. “With good qualifying and a decent run in the race. We had a great pitstops but got held up with Chilton and the lapped traffic that cost us several seconds. We’ll have to get to the bottom of it to see what happened, but for some reason we didn’t get a full fill on the last pit stop. We weren’t aware of it and didn’t know about it until it was too late, and we couldn’t finish the race. It’s a shame, the guys did a great job all weekend and we’ll just regroup, recover and head off to the next one.”
The Harding Racing team will be testing at Portland International Raceway this Friday during a break in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Competition will resume at Pocono International Raceway on Sunday, August 19th. NBC Sports will broadcast the race starting at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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.
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