Harding confirms full-time IndyCar campaign

Gabby Chaves at Texas last year

Harding Racing has announced that it will run the full Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018 with driver Gabby Chaves.

The team, owned by concrete magnate Mike Harding, made its IndyCar debut in last year’s Indianapolis 500.

Chaves finished ninth at the Brickyard, then fifth in Texas and 15th at Pocono in its other two races.

The 24-year-old Colombian has raced part-time for the past two years after debuting in 2015 with Bryan Herta Autosport.

Harding’s entry was widely expected and comes after news that former IndyCar race director Brian Barnhart had joined as team president.

Barnhart has since been replaced by former IMSA race director Kyle Novak.

The #88 Chevrolet-powered car is the 22nd full-time entry this year, one up on 2017.

Aside from Indianapolis 500 cameos, part-time entries have also been confirmed for Rene Binder and Kyle Kaiser at Juncos Racing, Jack Harvey at Michael Shank Racing, and Helio Castroneves will also run in a fourth Penske car on the Indianapolis road course.

First official on-track action is a test at Phoenix on February 9-10, with Round 1 in St Petersburg on March 9-11.

IndyCar Series 2018 full-time teams and drivers

Team Drivers
AJ Foyt Racing Tony Kaanan
Matheus Leist
Andretti Autosport Marco Andretti
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Alexander Rossi
Zach Veach
Carlin Max Chilton
Charlie Kimball
Chip Ganassi Racing Scott Dixon
Ed Jones
Dale Coyne Racing Sebastien Bourdais
Ed Carpenter Racing Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter (Ovals)/Jordan King (Roads/streets)
Harding Racing Gabby Chaves
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Graham Rahal
Takuma Sato
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe
Robert Wickens
Team Penske Josef Newgarden
Simon Pagenaud
Will Power

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