Gabby Chaves will return to the seat of Harding Racing’s No. 88 Chevy for the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series event at Gateway.
The Colombian-American driver contested the first 11 races of the season before the Mike Harding-owned outfit elected to field Conor Daly from Toronto through Pocono. IndyCar rookie Zachary Claman De Melo was close to driving the car in a two-race deal, but failed to come to terms.
“I first want to thank Conor for his contributions over the last couple of months and giving another perspective and feedback,” said team president 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.”
For Chaves, who remained under contract to the team, getting back in the saddle at Gateway is a perfect solution after watching from the sidelines for more than a month.
“Really enthused and ready to get behind the wheel of the 88 car and be back with my guys,” he said. “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.”
Daly will spend the weekend at Road America where he’ll make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut with Roush Fenway Racing.