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Gabby Chaves

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Gabby Chaves
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Born: 7 July 1993
Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia

A race car driver.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Automotive Industries page on 1 July 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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.

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. In 2011 he signed to race with the Addax Team in the GP3 Series. Chaves finished 19th in points with a best finish of fourth at the Valencia Street Circuit.

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. 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. 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. The team would confirm former Caterham and Manor Racing driver Alexander Rossi to drive the No. 98 for the season.

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.

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.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
7 April 2013Firestone Indy Lights: Legacy Indy Lights 100Gabby Chaves
Jack Hawksworth
Carlos Munoz
21 April 2013Firestone Indy Lights: Long Beach 100Gabby Chaves
Sage Karam
Carlos Munoz
22 June 2013Firestone Indy Lights: Sukup 100Gabby Chaves
Jack Hawksworth
Sage Karam
2 July 2013Indy Racing League Media ConferenceGabby Chaves
6 July 2013Firestone Indy Lights: Pocono 100Gabby Chaves
Sage Karam
Carlos Munoz
13 July 2013Firestone Indy Lights: Grand Prix of TorontoGabby Chaves
Peter Dempsey
Jack Hawksworth
4 August 2013Firestone Indy Lights: Grand Prix of Mid-OhioGabby Chaves
Peter Dempsey
Jack Hawksworth
1 September 2013Firestone Indy Lights: Grand Prix of BaltimoreGabby Chaves
Jack Hawksworth
Sage Karam
5 October 2013Firestone Indy Lights: Grand Prix of HoustonGabby Chaves
Conor Daly
Sage Karam
15 October 2013Indy Racing League Media ConferenceGabby Chaves
Sage Karam
19 October 2013Firestone Indy Lights: Lefty's Kids Club 100Gabby Chaves
25 February 2016Chaves to Substitute for SPM at Phoenix IndyCar TestMonica Hilton, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports


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