Gabby Chaves' First IndyCar Race: Post-Race Notes & Quotes

The BHA team felt they were on course for a great race after making a number of post-qualifying setup changes and finishing the morning warmup with the 9th fastest time.  The first half of the race was going well as Gabby Chaves moved up to battle for a position in the top ten.

However, contact with another car damaged the left front wing and Indycar ruled the incident as "avoidable contact". The #98 team was forced to serve a drive-through penalty resulting in falling off the leader lap.  

A later yellow and the "wave around" allowed Chaves to get back on the lead lap. The #98 team pitted as early as possible for the final stop to get back on the black primary tire.  Chaves's final stint involved a lot of fueling saving and patient driving. However, through attrition the rookie moved up to a 17th finishing position in his first ever Verizon IndyCar Series event. 

Gabby Chaves: “I learned so much today.  I learned tire management and the differences in the red to black tires. I learned about fuel saving, driving to a number, and trying to not loose position."

"The incident with the 5 car: I saw an opening, but it closed up. I tried hard to avoid it, even getting down in the grass, but just couldn't avoid it." 

"All in all, it was a good weekend. We learned a lot as a team, I learned a lot, and we showed what we can run strong at this level.  I'm really looking forward to NOLA and the rest of the season." 

Bryan Herta: "Gabby did a terrific job today to finish his first Verizon IndyCar Series race.  We worked through a difficult weekend to find a setup, the team gave him a great car for the race, and Gabby was moving forward quickly before contact with the 5 car set him back.  Overall, while we always want to strive for top results, today Gabby learned a great deal and showed that he deserves to be here and we look forward to the season ahead."

About Bryan Herta Autosport:
Co-Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second Verizon IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series and in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series as Bryan Herta Rallysport. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen Motorsports of Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.