Gabby Chaves

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Gabby Chaves
Nationality Colombia Colombian
Born Gabriel Chaves
(1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 24)
Bogotá, Colombia
Achievements 2014 Indy Lights Champion
Awards 2015 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year
IndyCar Series career
26 races run over 3 years
Team(s) No. 88 (Harding Racing)
2016 position 22nd
Best finish 15th (2015)
First race 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg)
Last race 2017 Rainguard Water Sealers 600 (Texas)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of June 11 2017.

Gabriel "Gabby" Chaves (born 7 July 1993) is a Colombian-American racing driver.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After winning numerous karting titles, Chaves began racing cars in 2007 in various Skip Barber series in the United States. In 2008 he made his pro debut in Formula BMW Americas and finished 4th in Formula BMW Pacific and finished 14th in the Formula BMW World Finals. In 2009 he competed in a full season of Formula BMW Americas for Eurointernational and won the title, capturing 5 wins and 3 poles.[1]

Chaves brought his career to Europe in 2010, where he raced in the Italian Formula Three Championship with Eurointernational. He finished 10th in points and captured rookie of the year honors.[2] In 2011 he signed to race with the Addax Team in the GP3 Series.[3] Chaves finished 19th in points with a best finish of fourth at the Valencia Street Circuit.

American open-wheel racing[edit]

In 2012, Chaves return to the United States and signed with JDC Motorsports to race in the Star Mazda Championship. Chaves finished second in points with wins at the final two races of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta. The driver climbed to the Indy Lights in 2013, having signed for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.[4] He was runner-up with one win and ten podiums, and was part of the closest finish in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (when Peter Dempsey grabbed the Freedom 100 victory as part of a four-wide photo finish. Dempsey finished ahead of Chaves by a mere 0.0026 seconds).

He signed on with Belardi Auto Racing for the 2014 Indy Lights season and won the championship, capturing four wins (including the Freedom 100) and 11 podiums in 14 races.

Chaves signed with Bryan Herta Autosport to race full-time at the IndyCar Series in 2015.[5] Chaves led 31 laps at Pocono Raceway and had assumed the lead after leader and fellow rookie Sage Karam crashed, fatally injuring Justin Wilson in the process. Chaves led when the race was restarted with six laps to go but was passed for the lead. He was still on pace for his first podium finish when his engine let go with three laps remaining, bringing out a caution flag and effectively ending the race. The race was both Chaves' first laps led and only DNF of the season. Chaves captured the Rookie of the Year title by 78 points over Stefano Coletti. However, due to a sponsor default, the team was unable to retain him for the next season.[6] The team would confirm former Caterham and Manor Racing driver Alexander Rossi to drive the No. 98 for the season.[7]

The Colombian drove part-time for Dale Coyne Racing in the 2016 season, with a best result of 12th at Detroit race 1. In 2017, Chaves joined Harding Racing for the Indianapolis 500, Texas and Pocono races.[8][9]

Sports car racing[edit]

Chaves joined the DeltaWing entry at the four endurance races of the United SportsCar Championship in 2014. He led 15 laps of the 10-hour finale at Road Atlanta, the Petit Le Mans, helping the team to a season-high fourth-place finish.

Personal life[edit]

Chaves' father is a Colombian JetBlue airline pilot and Chaves has raced under both the American and Colombian flags.[10]

Racing record[edit]

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2011 Addax Team IST
FEA

10
IST
SPR

12
CAT
FEA

13
CAT
SPR

6
VAL
FEA

4
VAL
SPR

5
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

14
NÜR
FEA

27†
NÜR
SPR

17
HUN
FEA

23
HUN
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

16
SPA
SPR

16
MNZ
FEA

17
MNZ
SPR

7
19th 8

Star Mazda Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2012 JDC Motorsports STP
3
STP
4
BAR
3
BAR
5
IND
9
IOW
5
TOR
3
TOR
4
EDM
3
EDM
3
TRO
5
TRO
2
BAL
3
BAL
8
LAG
2
LAG
1
ATL
1
2nd 360

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2013 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports STP
8
ALA
3
LBH
2
INDY
2
MIL
4
IOW
2
POC
3
TOR
3
MDO
1*
BAL
3
HOU
2
FON
2
2nd 449
2014 Belardi Auto Racing STP
2
LBH
1
ALA
6
ALA
1
IND
11
IND
8
INDY
1
POC
1
TOR
2
MDO
2
MDO
3
MIL
3
SNM
2
SNM
2
1st 547

IndyCar Series[edit]

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2015 Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara DW12 Honda STP
17
NLA
15
LBH
16
ALA
16
IMS
15
INDY
16
DET
18
DET
9
TXS
10
TOR
15
FON
20
MIL
11
IOW
16
MDO
12
POC
11
SNM
14
15th 281
2016 Dale Coyne Racing STP
PHX
LBH
ALA
IMS
17
INDY
20
DET
12
DET
13
RDA
19
IOW
17
TOR
MDO
POC
TXS
14
WGL
SNM
22nd 121
2017 Harding Racing Chevrolet STP
LBH
ALA
PHX
IMS
INDY
9
DET
DET
TEX
5
ROA
IOW
TOR
MDO
POC
15
GMP
WGL
SNM
23rd 98

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2015 Dallara Honda 26 16 Bryan Herta Autosport
2016 Dallara Honda 21 20 Dale Coyne Racing
2017 Dallara Chevrolet 25 9 Harding Racing

* Season still in progress.

United SportsCar Championship[edit]

(key)

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gabriel Chaves - career detail, Driver Database, Retrieved 6 December 2010
  2. ^ EFCN One-on-One: Eurointernational's Gabby Chaves, eFormulaCarNews, 6 December 2010, Retrieved 6 December 2010
  3. ^ Addax to run Chaves in GP3, Racer, 28 March 2011, Retrieved 30 March 2011
  4. ^ Chaves graduates for '13 to championship team" - IndyCar, 14 February 2013.
  5. ^ Glendenning, Mark (3 February 2015). "Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves gets 2015 BHA IndyCar seat". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Pruett, Marshall (February 18, 2016). "INDYCAR: Chaves vows to rebound after losing BHA seat". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ Reiman, Samuel (February 23, 2016). "IndyCar: Alexander Rossi confirmed at Andretti". Foxsports.com. Fox Sports Digital Media. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  8. ^ New Team Harding Racing Enters Chaves for 101st Indianapolis 500, IndyCar, April 10, 2017, Retrieved 2017-04-10
  9. ^ Glendenning, Mark (May 20, 2017). "Harding Racing to add Texas, Pocono to schedule". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved May 20, 2017. 
  10. ^ Gabby Chaves Biography, Website of Broward County, Florida, Retrieved 30 May 2016

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alexander Rossi
Formula BMW Americas
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Championship disbanded
Preceded by
Sage Karam
Indy Lights Champion
2014
Succeeded by
Spencer Pigot
Preceded by
Carlos Muñoz
IndyCar Series
Rookie of the Year

2015
Succeeded by
Alexander Rossi