Chaves to drive DeltaWing at 6 Hours of Watkins Glen

by Daniel Lloyd

Panoz DeltaWing Racing has added Gabby Chaves to its driver roster for the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen on July 3.

The 22 year old former Indy Lights champion will join regular drivers Katherine Legge and Sean Rayhall in the #0 DeltaWing DWC13.

The six hour event in upstate New York marks the halfway point of the 12 race IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, as well as the third round of the North American Endurance Cup.

Chaves is no stranger to the DeltaWing, having raced the narrow-bodied prototype at the Rolex 24 in 2014 and 2015.

All three drivers took part in a pre-event test at the team’s Road Atlanta base to develop a new Elan-built steering arm that will come into use at Watkins Glen.

“It was pretty clear straightaway that we would need to add a third driver to the lineup as it was so physically demanding that even doing one full stint was going to take a toll on the drivers,” said team manager Tim Keene. “We are pleased to have Gabby back for this event.”

“Every corner on the [Watkins Glen] track is taken in third or fourth gear, putting a lot of load onto the steering components the extent of which we’ve never seen before,” he added. “We do not have the luxury of power assisted steering like all of our competitors so we’ve designed a new steering arm to help with the added load. The front caster has been significantly reduced as well.”

Panoz DeltaWing Racing returns to the IMSA fold after missing the fifth round of the championship at Detroit Belle Isle. Legge currently sits seventh in the Prototype drivers’ standings, while Rayhall is 12th after missing two races. Chaves will make his first WeatherTech Sportscar Championship appearance of the season at Watkins Glen.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to joining the team once again,” said Chaves. “The car has looked extremely competitive with all the development over the last year, and I can’t wait to see what we can do in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. I really believe the car, drivers and crew can pull off the win!”

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