Chaves Joins Belardi Indy Lights Team
BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Gabby Chaves has joined Belardi Auto Racing for the complete 14-race Indy Lights schedule.
Chaves, who finished second in the series last year, will be part of a multi-car effort.
“I am very happy and honored to be part of Belardi Auto Racing,” said Chaves. “They have the motivation and desire to win, which is the most important thing, and they have the crew and the cars to get the job done. I can’t thank Brian Belardi and the whole team enough for this great opportunity they are giving me and the trust they have placed in me. I look forward to a great season, winning many races and the Indy Lights championship this year.”
First getting behind the wheel of an open-wheel car at the age of 13, Chaves quickly made his mark, winning a Skip Barber Racing Shootout scholarship, Colombian Grand Prix Formula Renault 2000 title and finishing as the Skip Barber Eastern Regional Series runner-up.
Chaves recorded 17 consecutive Skip Barber Racing wins en route taking home the 2006-07 Skip Barber Regional Southern Series title and leading the Skip Barber National Series before making the switch to Formula BMW competition.
A Formula BMW Americas title followed in 2009, prior to making the transition to Europe, where Chaves took home the Italian Formula 3 Championship Rookie of the Year award and raced in the GP3 Series.
Chaves returned to North America in 2012, joining the Mazda Road to Indy program via the Pro Mazda Championship, where he was the series runner-up. He continued his success in 2013, scoring one win and 10 podium finishes in Indy Lights competition.
Backed by Coldeportes and Marca Colombia, Chaves will team with series rookie Alex Baron.