Gabby Chaves will race the #19 Dale Coyne Racing entry at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy and during the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, it was announced on Wednesday.
The 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year and Indy 500 Rookie of the Year will replace Luca Filippi in the car for the month of May, and will join Conor Daly at the Grand Prix of Indy, while Pippa Mann and Bryan Clauson will join the pairing at the Indy 500.
“What can I say, I’m really excited. It’s been the longest off-season of my life,” said Chaves. “Throughout my whole career I’ve always been on the grid in the first race of the season and this has been the first time that I haven’t.
“I thought I had many deals in place before and for some reason or another it never came through. I’ve been speaking with Dale for years now and I’m excited to get something going with him and the team.
“I’m just really looking forward to it. With my time out of the car, I’ve really been able to value what it means to me to be in a race car. I can now get back on track and enjoy it even more.
“The Angie’s List Grand Prix was a really good race for me last year. I believe this is where I led my first race lap, I think it was only one lap though but it counts and we were the second or third fastest Honda in qualifying so I’m pretty comfortable around here and I think I can do the job.”