Gabby Chaves
Gabby  Chaves
Harding Racing
Gabby Chaves
rank
24
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
Jul 7, 1993
88 Chevrolet Columbia Road To Indy Graduate
Website gabbychaves.com
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Hometown
Bogota, Colombia
Residence
Indianapolis

The Colombian-American first got behind the wheel of a race car at the age of 13, winning a Skip Barber Racing Shoot-out scholarship. In his first full-season of competition, the former Easy Kart, Stars of Karting and Florida Winter Tour champion captured the Colombian Grand Prix Formula Renault 2000 title and finished as the series runner-up in the Skip Barber Eastern Regional Series. Building on this success, Chaves went undefeated in the 2006-07 Skip Barber Regional Southern Series, winning all 10 races. He continued his winning ways one year later, extending his Skip Barber Racing winning streak to 17 consecutive victories, leading the Skip Barber National Series before making the switch to Formula BMW Pacific competition where he finished in Fourth place. Chaves returned to the top of the championship charts in 2009, winning the final Formula BMW Americas title with five wins and podium finishes in every race.

In 2010, Chaves raced full-time in Europe, winning the Italian Formula 3 Championship Rookie of the Year award. He made his GP3 Series debut in 2011, earning five top-10 finishes in the highly competitive series. Chaves returned to North America in 2012, competing in the Mazda Road to Indy-backed Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear with JDC Motorsports, where he finished as the title runner-up with two wins. In 2013, Gabby competed in the Firestone Indy Lights championship with multiple-time champions Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, finishing as the title runner-up with ten podiums and one victory. In the Freedom 100, contested at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just two days before the Indy 500, he finished second in a spectacular four-wide finish at the checkered flag, by a mere 0.0026 of a second – now the second-closest finish in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history.

Chaves returned to Indy Lights in 2014 and took the title on a tie-breaker of second place finishes. Earning eleven podium finishes and four victories, Chaves also won the Freedom 100 in decisive fashion, with a last-lap pass that earned him the victory he’d been denied in 2013. Aside from Indy Lights that season, he competed in the DeltaWing for legendary owner, Don Panoz, in the endurance races during the 2014 IMSA Tudor United Sportscar Championship. Chaves went on to win the Famous Six Hours of Bogota Endurance Race in Overall Class and Super GT Class. He was named Fan Favorite Colombian Driver of the Year and was awarded the FIA and FCAD best Colombian Driver of 2014.

Chaves graduated to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Bryan Herta Autosport, showing again that he is a fierce competitor with the raw talent and mindset, by winning the Indy 500 Sunoco Rookie of the Year award and Indycar Rookie of the Year Title. He also was invited by Honda Racing and Honda Performance Development to take part in the inaugural Tony Stewart Classic midget race

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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 2 0 0 1 2 0 2
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 7 0 0 0 0 0 7
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 0 0 2 31 15
Total 25 0 0 1 4 31 24
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2014 Indy Lights 14 4 2 11 13 123 13
2013 Indy Lights 12 1 1 11 12 50 11
2012 Pro Mazda 17 2 2 15 17 69 15

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish


Harding Racing

Spearheaded by Indianapolis businessman Mike Harding, Harding Racing is a new member of the Verizon IndyCar Series family. Led by Harding, owner of local asphalt paving company Harding Group, Harding Racing formed a technical alliance with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to enter the 101st Indianapolis 500. The entry adds another chapter to Harding’s relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as his company has worked with IMS on pavement and hospitality projects in the past as well.

Team Website hriracing.com
First Start
March 29, 2015 (St. Petersburg)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2015
    • Finished 15th in the Verizon IndyCar Series season standings for Bryan Herta Autosport.
    • Earned 2015 Sunoco Rookie Of The Year.
    • Led 31 laps at Pocono, his first laps led in his Verizon IndyCar Series career.
    • Completed 15 of 16 total races in 2015, with only a mechanical failure with three laps remaining at Pocono.

Gabby's Road To Indy

  • 2014
    • Won Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship for Belardi Auto Racing.
    • Earned four victories, including the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    • Compiled two poles and nine front row starts.
  • 2013
    • Finished second in Indy Lights standings for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
    • Earned one win, 10 podium finishes and one pole in 12-race season.
  • 2012
    • Finished second in the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires standings (now Pro Mazda).
    • Earned two wins, 10 podium finishes and two poles.
    • Selected to join the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy.
  • 2011
    • Competed in the GP3 Series in Europe.
  • 2010
    • Earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished 10th in the Italian Formula 3 Championship.
  • 2009
    • Won the Formula BMW Americas Championship with five wins and 14 podiums in 14-race season.
  • 2008
    • Won the Skip Barber Racing Southern Regional Series championship.
    • Finished fourth in the Formula BMW Pacific Championship with one win and three additional podium finishes.
  • 2007
    • Finished second in the Skip Barber Racing Eastern Regional Series.