IndyCar: What Harding\'s Move Means To Gabby Chaves And Conor Daly
Harding Racing has announced a collaboration with Andretti partner Steinbrenner for the 2019 IndyCar season, and has signed Indy Lights champion Patricio O'Ward and his title rival Colton Herta.
The IndyCar team has been renamed Harding Steinbrenner Racing and is understood to be working with support from former Andretti staff, but will continue with a Chevrolet engine supply.
Steinbrenner has been an Indy Lights partner of Andretti's since 2017, running one car this year for Herta, who finished second behind champion O'Ward.
Harding reportedly competed at Sonoma with technical support and staff from Andretti as O'Ward had a strong debut by qualifying inside the top six and finishing ninth.
It was one of Harding's strongest weekends, having replaced Gabby Chaves with Conor Daly in select races as it struggled after a promising four-race debut in 2017.
"We are happy to announce that Mike Harding of Harding Racing and George Steinbrenner IV of Steinbrenner Racing will join forces in 2019 to become Harding Steinbrenner Racing," said Harding president Brian Barnhart.
"We will be making the move to a two-car team, fulfilling a goal we stated earlier in the year.
"We have decided to go all in for the future by hiring two recent stars of the Indy Lights series: Freedom 100 winner and Indy Lights series runner-up, Colton Herta, and reigning Indy Lights champion, Patricio O'Ward.
"We are thrilled with their performance in the 2018 Indy Lights Series in which they ran 1-2 for Andretti Autosport.
"We are also exceptionally proud to have recently provided them with them their inaugural IndyCar experience at Sonoma Raceway."