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Harding Steinbrenner Racing will run Honda-Powered engines in 2019

Harding Steinbrenner Racing will run Honda-Powered engines in 2019
Indianapolis, Ind. (Dec. 6, 2018) Newly formed Harding Steinbrenner Racing is excited to announce a new partnership with Honda Performance Development for the 2019 INDYCAR season.
“First of all, Harding Steinbrenner Racing is very appreciative of our relationship with Chevrolet in 2017 and 2018,” said team president Brian Barnhart. “However, our direction as a race team closely aligns with Honda for the near future. Therefore, we will be making a change to Honda and Honda Performance Development engines. We’re excited about their emphasis on the development of young talent and with our announcement of Colton Herta and Patricio O’Ward joining our team next year, it’s a natural fit for Harding Steinbrenner Racing and Honda to align in 2019.”
The Indianapolis-based team, led by Mike Harding and George Michael Steinbrenner IV, launched in September at the conclusion of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The team will field two full-time IndyCar Series entrants with 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged, Honda-powered V-6 engines.
“We are delighted to have Harding Steinbrenner Racing join Honda’s IndyCar Series effort for 2019.,” said Art St. Cyr, President, Honda Performance Development. “At Honda Performance Development, we are always looking to the future, as seen with our development series: quarter midgets, karting, Formula F, US F4 and F3 Americas. We are excited to welcome a team with enthusiastic ownership that also believes developing drivers solidifies our lineup today, and into the future. With a pair of young North American drivers, Harding Steinbrenner Racing strengthens our overall racing effort and represents the future of our sport. We warmly welcome the team to the HPD family and look forward to working with them this season.”
Harding Racing competed under the Chevrolet banner beginning with its fruition in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and throughout the entire 2018 IndyCar season, including qualifying for a Firestone Fast Six and a season-best finish of ninth at Sonoma Raceway.
“Thank you to Chevrolet for being a great partner in 2017 and 2018 for Harding Racing,” said Mike Harding. “As we move towards the 2019 IndyCar Series season with two rookie drivers, I’m glad to know Honda is as committed as I am to develop this young talent.”
“I’m excited to move forward as a new owner in the series and to be joining the Honda INDYCAR family,” said George Michael Steinbrenner IV. “Honda has meant a lot to the IndyCar Series for as long as I can remember, and I’m excited to have such a prestigious name in INDYCAR join us for the 2019 season. Over the past few seasons, Honda Performance Development has shown its ability to win races and that’s what we’re here to do as well.”
Honda has played an integral role in the growth and development of IndyCar Series since joining the series in 2003. This year, Honda Performance Development showcased their ability to win by locking the manufacturer’s championship prior to checkered flag at the Sonoma Raceway season finale.
“Chevrolet has been a great partner with Harding Racing,” said Harding Steinbrenner Racing executive consultant Al Unser Jr. “They have been with the team since its start in 2017 and all through 2018. It’s been a wonderful partnership for everyone involved. I’m excited to now have Honda on board to help us develop our two new young drivers, Colton and Patricio. “
The 2018 Freedom 100 winner in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, Herta will pilot the #88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Dallara Honda entry and 2018 Indy Lights champion O’Ward will pilot the #8. They enter their rookie season after starting their IndyCar Series careers in September’s 2018 season finale. The 2019 IndyCar Series begins March 10, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
“I’m super excited to join Honda,” said Herta. “I grew up and live in Santa Clarita (California), where they build the engines five minutes away from my house. I go cycling with a lot of the guys that work there, so to join the Honda family is really cool. They have a great platform and have proven to be able to win races on all types of circuits. I hope to add wins to my name while working with Honda!”
“I am really excited to be joining the Honda family,” said O’Ward. “I wasn’t in the IndyCar Series this past season (except for the finale), but I got to see a lot of great performances by all the Honda teams. Honda was a big powerhouse within the paddock this year, obviously, they ended up winning the championship. I am very happy to be a part of the team and I’m looking forward to delivering the results that they deserve. I think that we are going to have a strong package for next year and I can’t wait to get started with Honda and Harding Steinbrenner Racing in St. Petersburg.”

Harding Racing and Steinbrenner Racing Join Forces for IndyCar Series Effort

New York, N.Y. (September 19, 2018) A new partnership in open-wheel racing has begun today with the launch of Harding Steinbrenner Racing, a combined effort bringing together current IndyCar and Indy Lights competitors, Harding Racing and Steinbrenner Racing. The new team will field two full-time IndyCar Series entries in 2019 with Freedom 100 winner Colton Herta piloting the #88, joined by newly-crowned Indy Lights Champion Patricio O’Ward in the #8.
“We are happy to announce that Mike Harding of Harding Racing and George Steinbrenner IV of Steinbrenner Racing will join forces in 2019 to become Harding Steinbrenner Racing,” said team president Brian Barnhart. “We will be making the move to a two-car team, fulfilling a goal we stated earlier in the year.  We have decided to go all in for the future by hiring two recent stars of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series, Freedom 100 winner and Indy Lights Series runner-up, Colton Herta and reigning Indy Lights Series Champion, Patricio O’Ward. We are thrilled with their performance in the 2018 Indy Lights Series in which they ran 1-2 for Andretti Autosport. We are also exceptionally proud to have recently provided them with them their inaugural IndyCar experience at Sonoma Raceway.”
Harding Racing, owned by Indianapolis businessman Mike Harding, recently finished its first full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Prior to full-time competition in 2018, the team earned a successful ninth-place finish in their debut race, the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2017. This accomplishment confirmed the potential of the Harding team and its desire to be a powerhouse in the motorsports industry.
“The 2018 IndyCar season has been a tremendous learning experience for me,” said Mike Harding. “Now I am eager to join with Steinbrenner Racing and create the powerhouse team I know Harding Racing can be. George Michael Steinbrenner IV entered the Mazda Road to Indy with the intent to win, and I believe Harding Steinbrenner Racing will quickly impress the IndyCar paddock too. Let’s go racing!”
Steinbrenner Racing burst into the racing spotlight as part of the Andretti Autosport stable after winning the second race of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires 2017 season. The team finished third in that talent-packed championship with Herta collecting seven podium-finishes. This year, Herta driving for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing with Curb finished second in the championship with four wins and 13 podiums.
 “I am extremely excited to make the leap into the IndyCar Series,” said George Michael Steinbrenner IV, owner of Steinbrenner Racing. “Since I was a kid, it has been my goal to be a team owner in the IndyCar Series and I’m so excited to be doing that with Harding Racing. They are a team that shares our values that they don’t want to just be here, but to be a dominant mainstay in the series. That will continue to be our goal as we head into a partnership with a team that shares the same ideals and it makes life a heck of a lot easier. Excited to have two of the best young drivers on this continent and to have them both make the leap into the IndyCar Series at such a young age as teammates with Harding Steinbrenner. We’re looking forward to watching as they mature and fight to beat the grizzled veterans in the IndyCar paddock. We’re so excited to see where that will lead, how the team can grow, and how we’ll compete so we can hopefully vault ourselves to the top of IndyCar pylons.”
“I am so thrilled to finally announce the plans for next year,” said Herta. “I know it’s been a long time coming. After having a good time in Sonoma and dipping my feet into IndyCar, it makes me way more enthusiastic than I was before. This is all possible because of Mike Harding and I want to give a big thank you to the Steinbrenners. There is a lot to do, but I’m ready to get my head down and focus forward for the 2019 IndyCar season.”
“If you would have asked me if I was going to be an IndyCar driver last year, I would have told you hopefully, but no,” said O’Ward. “It’s a chance of a lifetime. I couldn’t be in a better position as of now. I’m really thankful for the opportunity that Harding Racing, Mike Harding and the Steinbrenners are giving me. This is something I have been working my whole life for. It’s been a very adventurous and enjoyable ride. I’ve matured a lot over the past two years and I think I’m ready to be strong in the IndyCar Series. We showed some pace in Sonoma and learned a lot. I think it’s going to be just as important to learn as much as we can in the beginning of the 2019 season, so we can end the season strong. The car will be fast, and I know the team will give me what I need to do the job. There’s nothing better than having trust with the people who are giving you the car because when the car is going fast those extra risks that you have to take are from the trust and confidence form your team.”
The 2019 IndyCar season begins March 8-10, 2019, through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Herta and O’Ward made their first starts in St. Petersburg in 2017 with the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. Herta has one win and two podium finishes and O’Ward has one win and a podium finish at the temporary street course track in an Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires car.
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