Single-car team with a rookie driver. It worked with some success for Bryan Herta a year ago with Jack Hawksworth, and he’ll look to capture lightning in a bottle twice with Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series campaign.
Team: Bryan Herta Autosport
Engine/aero kits: Honda
Sponsors: Bowers & Wilkins (No. 98)
Podiums: 1 (Hawksworth)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Laps Led: 32
Championship Position: 17th (Hawksworth)
2015 LINEUP (Engineers in parentheses)
98 Gabby Chaves (John Dick)
97 Jay Howard (Indy only; engineer TBC)
2014 RECAP (Hawksworth driver recap)
Jack Hawksworth and Bryan Herta Autosport overachieved early, particularly in qualifying, but two crashes (Indianapolis 500 practice, Pocono practice) and an untimely withdrawal of a sponsor and their financial promises left the team in a bit of a bind. Hawksworth had his moments of success though, notably a third at Houston race two and a consistent finishing record.
Hawksworth has since moved to A.J. Foyt Enterprises and in his stead, BHA has brought up the Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves. The Colombian American will work with engineer John Dick, who moves over from RLL Racing. A rookie on a smaller budget, single-car team is rarely a recipe for success, but as evidenced by the lanky Englishman a year ago, occasional moments of brilliance can occur. Chaves will seek to bank laps, gain experience, score some top-10 finishes and perhaps sneak a podium or two.