Harding IndyCar team replaces Chaves with Daly for Toronto round

The Harding Racing IndyCar team has replaced Gabby Chaves with Conor Daly for this weekend's race at Toronto as it evaluates its 2019 driver line-up

Harding IndyCar team replaces Chaves with Daly for Toronto round

Harding moved into IndyCar for the 2018 season having taken part in last year's Indianapolis 500, and signed Chaves to its one-car team.

The team underwent a reshuffle of its technical staff last month, moving technical director Gerard Taylor into the role of Chaves's race engineer starting at Road America.

But results have not improved. Chaves's best finish so far 2018 is a pair of 14th places, and Daly (pictured below) will now take the seat after a one-off drive in the Indianapolis 500, having lost his AJ Foyt Racing seat in 2017.

"At this point in the season, we are focusing all our attention on the 2019 season," said Harding Racing team president Brian Barnhart.

"If we can expand to a two-car team, all remaining races and testing will offer driver evaluation opportunities to determine who will become Gabby's team-mate in 2019.

"Gabby is still fully employed and still under contract with Harding for the remainder of this year and in 2019."

Harding's press release makes no mention of when Chaves will return to the car, or as to whether Daly will remain at the wheel, with six races left in the 2018 IndyCar season.

Daly is also slated to take part in the NASCAR Xfinity series race at Road America on August 25, which clashes with IndyCar's Gateway round.

shares
comments
Power: IndyCar drivers hiding struggles behind downforce concerns
Previous article

Power: IndyCar drivers hiding struggles behind downforce concerns

Next article

WEC LMP1 team DragonSpeed plans 2019 IndyCar entry with Hanley

WEC LMP1 team DragonSpeed plans 2019 IndyCar entry with Hanley
Load comments
Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021

In an enthralling 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series bounced back from its COVID-19 truncated year prior and Alex Palou defeated both the established order and his fellow young guns to clinch a maiden title. It capped a remarkable season with plenty of standout performers

IndyCar
Nov 21, 2021
How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential Plus

How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential

Romain Grosjean's swashbuckling rookie year in IndyCar captured the imagination of many in 2021. But another ex-Formula 1 driver whose potential was masked by five years of toil in, at best, middling machinery also enjoyed a breakout year in 2021 - winning twice and finishing sixth in points. Here's how Marcus Ericsson finally delivered on his promise

IndyCar
Nov 16, 2021
How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best Plus

How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best

IndyCar sophomore Alex Palou stunned by overcoming team-mate Scott Dixon and the rest of a white-hot field in 2021. He was consistently fast and crucially showed a level head, rebounding well from setbacks to put himself in a near unassailable position entering the final round

IndyCar
Nov 4, 2021
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

IndyCar
Oct 17, 2021
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win Plus

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Plus

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star Plus

Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star

Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou has been lauded as a complete driver and veteran-like in only his second season. The 24-year-old is still in the early days of his career, but the parallels are there for all to see with his six-time champion Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate who has been CGR's team leader since 2014

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021
Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar Plus

Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar

One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets is now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title  

IndyCar
Sep 24, 2021