Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves gets 2015 BHA IndyCar seat

Reigning Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves will graduate to IndyCar in 2015 with Bryan Herta Autosport, where he will replace Foyt-bound Jack Hawksworth in the team's #98 entry

Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves gets 2015 BHA IndyCar seat

BHA led races with rookie Hawksworth in 2014, but the Briton's move to AJ Foyt Racing's new second entry left a vacancy now filled by Chaves.

"It's been an incredible journey and to finally become an IndyCar driver is an awesome feeling and the start of a great future," said the Colombian.

"I'd like to thank Bryan Herta and the entire BHA team for this opportunity. I'm really excited and prepared to get the 2015 season underway."

Chaves first tested with the team at Sebring late last year, and Herta said that he is confident that the 21-year-old is ready to step up to the top tier.

"Gabby has the skills and mindset to make a real impact in IndyCar," said Herta.

"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."

BHA appears set to continue as a one-car operation for the 2015 season, although it has already confirmed that it will run a second car at the Indianapolis 500 for Jay Howard.

2015 INDYCAR SERIES LINE-UP SO FAR

AJ FOYT RACING (Honda)
#14 Takuma Sato
#41 Jack Hawksworth

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT (Honda)
#25 Marco Andretti
#27 TBA
#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay
#34 Carlos Munoz

BRYAN HERTA AUTOSPORT (Honda)
#98 Gabby Chaves

CFH RACING (Chevy)
#20 Ed Carpenter and Luca Filippi
#67 Josef Newgarden

CHIP GANASSI RACING (Chevy)
#8 TBA
#9 Scott Dixon
#10 Tony Kanaan
#83 Charlie Kimball

DALE COYNE RACING (Honda)
#18 TBA
#19 TBA

FAN FORCE UNITED (TBA)
#5 Stefan Wilson

KV RACING TECHNOLOGY (Chevy)
#11 Sebastien Bourdais
#17 TBA

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING (Honda)
#15 Graham Rahal

SCHMIDT PETERSON MOTORSPORT (Honda)
#7 TBA
#77 James Hinchcliffe

TEAM PENSKE (Chevy)
#1 Will Power
#2 Juan Pablo Montoya
#3 Helio Castroneves
#22 Simon Pagenaud

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