Gabby Chaves focused on 2016 Indy 500 ride


Gabby Chaves is focusing on getting back into a Verizon IndyCar Series Dallara for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May before working on future events and a full-time 2017 ride.

The young Colombian driver drove for Bryan Herta Autosport during the 2015 season but lost his ride just weeks before the current season due to a budgetary shortfall in favour of American Alexander Rossi after BHA partnered with Andretti Autosport for the #98 machine.

2014 Indy Lights champion Chaves is looking to race in his second Indy 500 after finishing sixteenth last year, but knows his chances are severely limited.

“The immediate future for me is the Indy 500,” said Chaves to Motosport.com. “Once I’m able to take care of that – and hopefully I will – I can start working on more one-offs this year and a full-time program for next season.

“There are limited opportunities for the Indy 500, I must say – two, maybe three. But there’s only one that seems doable at this time. I’m really trying to get a commitment and I should know in the next few days, hopefully.

“It doesn’t have to be a Honda car, but it would help as I would get some support from them. I drove with Honda last year and it would only make sense to continue with them at this point, unless something weird happens.”