Gabby Chavez to Bryan Herta Autosport
Gabby Chavez on the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona grid
Bryan Herta Autosport has never been adverse to taking chances with its Verizon IndyCar Series drivers. That was true last year when the team opted to hire little-known Indy Lights competitor Jack Hawksworth, who proved to be quick on the racetrack, a fast learner and a driver who was selected by A.J. Foyt Racing for its second driver for the 2015 season.
This time around, the team has sided with 2014 Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves, who will drive the No. 98 Dallara/Honda/Firestone entry for Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian. Chavez accumulated four wins – including taking the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – en route to his championship. He most recently competed at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January racing the DeltaWing and will be looking to earn Rookie of the Year honors for both the series and the Indianapolis 500; he expects to vie for wins.
“We’re excited to have Gabby join the team this year,” said Bryan Herta. “In December we had the opportunity to test him at Sebring and his speed and feedback were very impressive. Gabby has the skills and mindset to make a real impact in INDYCAR. I see no reason why Gabby should not be a top contender for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.”
As he takes on his second consecutive series rookie Herta noted, “Recent experience has shown that top drivers graduating from Indy Lights have transitioned to INDYCAR with great success. We have had the opportunity to work with a few rookie drivers in the last couple of years and we believe we have a great environment to support their development and achieve great results.”
Toronto-based David Bowen continues his partnership in the No. 98 entry for a fourth consecutive season. Corporate partners for the team will be revealed in a series of upcoming announcement, Herta noted. The BHA team won the 2011 Indianapolis 500, only its second IndyCar Series start, with the late Dan Wheldon.
Colombian Chavez remarked his pleasure of being the “latest Colombian driver in INDYCAR. Our country has such a great history in the sport and especially at the Indianapolis 5909, with drivers like Roberto Guerrero, Juan Pablo Montoya and Carlos Munoz. I can’t wait to make my own history here! To finally become a Verizon IndyCar Series driver is an awesome feeling and the start of a great future. I’d also like to thank Bryan Herta and the entire BHA team for this great opportunity. I’m really excited and prepared to get the 2015 season underway.”
The team just stated who will be engineering Chavez’s entry for the 2015 season that starts the final weekend of March with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg; Todd Malloy left BHA after the close of last season. The new engineer – already on the job – is John Dick, most recently with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Words and Photo By Anne Proffit