Chaves gets full-season Harding Racing IndyCar drive for 2018
|By David Malsher||Friday, January 12th 2018, 17:20 GMT|
Gabby Chaves will contest the full 2018 IndyCar season in a Harding Racing-Chevrolet entry.
Chaves impressed in his first three outings for the team, which launched ahead of the Indianapolis 500 last year, in 2017 with a best finish of fifth at Texas.
The 2014 Indy Lights champion will now return to the cockpit of the #88 entry for 2018.
Harding Racing has added team president Brian Barnhart, IndyCar's former head of race control and VP of competition, since last year to work alongside veteran team manager Larry Curry.
Two-time Indycar champion Al Unser Jr, who served as driver coach for Chaves last year, has been retained as the team's executive consultant.
"After the success we had in our three races of 2017, the next logical step was to take the team to a full season," said team owner Mike Harding.
"During the off-season we have continued to build Harding Racing by adding key people to key positions to become a strong contender in the Verizon IndyCar Series."
Chaves added: "I really can't begin to express how happy and excited I am to get back on track full-time with Harding Racing.
"We built a really strong team in a very short amount of time in 2017.
"I'm looking forward to building on that and will be excited to see what our new team members will be able to do to take us to the next level.
"Most of all, I'd like to thank Mike Harding for believing in my potential and for giving me this opportunity.
"I can't wait to see what we can do and believe we can have a lot of success together."