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02-Sep-2015   Chaves Rallies to 14th at Sonoma - Clinches Sunoco Ro…

Chaves Rallies to 14th at Sonoma - Clinches Sunoco Rookie of the Year Title

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Indianapolis  –After an emotionally challenging week for the Indycar com…

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24-Aug-2015   Chaves Fights for Win - Leads 31 Laps at ABC Supply 5…

Chaves Fights for Win - Leads 31 Laps at ABC Supply 500

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Long Pond, PA  – So close, yet so far... Gabby Chaves had the breakout…

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15-Jul-2015   Chaves Finishes 11th at Milwaukee Mile - Ultra Compet…

Chaves Finishes 11th at Milwaukee Mile - Ultra Competitive Race Proves Tough to Pass

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Milwaukee, WI  –The condensed Sunday schedule for the ABC Supply 250…

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08-Jun-2015   Chaves Finishes 10th in Firestone 600 - Tire Preserva…

Chaves Finishes 10th in Firestone 600 - Tire Preservation Still Key to Winning in Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Dallas, TX –After last night's final practice, Gabby Chaves said he wish…

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01-Jun-2015   Chaves 9th In "Dual in Detroit" Race 2 - BHA Rebounds…

Chaves 9th In

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Detroit –The weather presented as much of a challenge as the track in r…

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27-May-2015   Chaves 16th & Rookie of the Year at Indy…

Chaves 16th & Rookie of the Year at Indy

BHA Team Preps for Tough June Stretch FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INDIANAPOLIS –Sunday's Indianapoli…

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11-May-2015   Angie’s List GP of Indianapolis Post-Race Notes & Quo…

Angie’s List GP of Indianapolis Post-Race Notes & Quotes

INDIANAPOLIS –The Angie's List Grand Prix of Indy started with a great opportunity for the #98 team:…

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27-Apr-2015   2015 Honda Indy GP of Alabama Post-Race Notes & Quote…

2015 Honda Indy GP of Alabama Post-Race Notes & Quotes

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama proved to be the best IndyCar race of the year to date. Threate…

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22-Apr-2015   2015 Grand Prix of Long Beach Post-Race Notes & Quote…

2015 Grand Prix of Long Beach Post-Race Notes & Quotes

For the second straight race, 17th. Chaves was very close to transferring into the top twelve; howev…

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31-Mar-2015   Gabby Chaves' First IndyCar Race: Post-Race Notes & Q…

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 setu…

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Chaves takes over second place in Star Mazda championship title fight with two pódiums in Edmonton

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Young motorsports star finished third in Rounds Nine & Ten highlighted by impressive slick tire run in the rain.

 MIAMI, FLA (July 24, 2012) – Gabby Chaves re-affirmed his position as a young motorsports talent this past weekend (July 21-22), with two more trips to the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear podium at the Edmonton City Centre Airport circuit. The highly-regarded teenager showcased speed, racecraft, and maturity in the doubleheader, overcoming treacherous late race wet conditions in Round Nine to finish third, before repeating the feat in Round 10, despite a mechanical issue. Chaves now lies second in the Mazda Road to Indy series title fight, ready to continue his run of form in the final third of the 2012 season.

When Chaves first got behind the wheel of his CLARO/Marca Colombia/Tecpro Barriers-backed JDC MotorSports Mazda in March, the goal was the to challenge for top honors and showcase his talents in his return to North American formula car competition after two successful seasons in Europe. While the former Italian Formula 3 Championship Rookie of the Year certainly did that in the early season affairs, it his recent on-track displays that have emphasized the point.

Building on third and fourth place finishes on the streets of Toronto, Chaves wasted little time getting acclimated to the 3.631-km temporary course that the series was visiting for the first time in Edmonton, posting the third quickest lap in the opening practice session.

With added backing from OMP and GoPro, Chaves continued to show good pace in the second and final practice run, as well as the lone qualifying session, going fifth and fourth fastest respectively.

Race one of the Alberta doubleheader proved to a wild and dramatic affair. For Chaves it commenced right after the traditional standing start, as he was forced to take evasive action to avoid being contacted by other drivers. Quickly able to regain the lost positions, he was fourth when the dark overhead clouds opened up, soaking the track. With the entire Star Mazda field on racing slicks at that point, chaos ensued via cars slipping and sliding. Unfortunately for Chaves, while in the middle of a heated battle for position, he was given a drive through penalty for crossing the white line in turn one. Not letting the penalty take over his head, he instead rejoined the race and started posting the fastest laps of the race at that moment to catch up with the rest of the field. In what was ultimately a two-lap sprint to the checkered flag, the 19 year-old utilized his natural skill and the training received from the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy to charge from 12th to third, despite still driving a JDC entry with slicks on the very wet and treacherous track.

Thanks to the second fastest lap in race one, Chaves lined-up P2 for the start of race two in Edmonton one day later. The former Formula BMW Americas champion initially appeared poised to challenge for top honors. It, however, soon became apparent that something wasn't quite right with his JDC MotorSports steed. As a result of what would post-race be determined as a differential blockage, Chaves struggled with overall grip. With Chaves squeezing every ounce of speed from the less than ideal car, he ultimately finished a well deserved third, giving him three podiums in the last four races, and five trips to podium in the 10 Star Mazda races to date.

"I want to thank my team for the hard work and giving me a car to be a top competitor," commented Chaves. "We will keep working hard to keep improving and deliver victories in the coming races."

The chase for Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear supremacy resumes on August 4-5, with a pair of races around the historic street circuit in Trois-Rivieres, Que. Chaves enters the final of back-to-back-to-back events in Canada as not only one of the hottest drivers in the Mazda Road to Indy series, but also as the new second place man in the driver standings.