Gabby Chaves, Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian
The cast: Race engineer – John Dick. Race strategist – Bryan Herta. Chief mechanic – Mark Shambarger.
Twitter: @GabbyChaves, @BHA
The car: No. 98 Bowers & Wilkins Curb Honda
The driver: Turned 22 on July 7. … Was born in Bogota, Colombia, and resides in Miami. … Was the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion and earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award for the Verizon IndyCar Series first-year driver with the most points.
Click it: Gabby Chaves reviews his season || Consistent rookie season
Season stats: Chaves finished 15th in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, with a best race finish of ninth at Belle Isle-2. He followed it the next week with a 10th place on Texas Motor Speedway oval. … Led the race at Pocono Raceway for 31 laps. … Was running at the finish in 15 of the 16 races and completed 2,211 of the 2,232 total laps (mechanical issue in penultimate race at Pocono stopped the streak). He was second to Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport among all drivers in laps completed. … Had a best qualifying of 12th at Milwaukee (19.3 average) and an average finishing position of 14.4. … Started the season with 10 consecutive races in which he improved upon his qualifying position. Overall, finished higher than his starting position in 15 of the 16 races.
The gist: Chaves moved up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, placing second in the Pro Mazda championship in 2012, second in Indy Lights in 2013 and winning the Indy Lights title in ’14. Also won Formula BMW Americas championship at age 15. … Second consecutive season in which BHA has fielded an impressive rookie driver. In 2014, Jack Hawksworth earned one podium among five top-10 finishes.
The chart (below): Looking at how Chaves finished relative to his qualifying position: