Gabby Chaves makes the best of morning delay with Gordon Pipers cameo, and common sense


Bryan Herta Autosport’s Gabby Chaves may be an Indianapolis 500 rookie, but the kid is mature beyond his years.

On Twitter, Chaves seemed to be the voice of reason in the midst of the ongoing delay while waiting for INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to provide official updates.

“This should make for a very interesting Qualy today as teams try to find the sweet spot for qualifying trim and race trim,” Chaves wrote.

He added in a second tweet, “With safety being our priority, speeds in Qualy will be lower but as many have said, it’s the race that will be a great show like always!”

The driver of the No. 98 Bowers & Wilkins/Curb Honda also briefly was an honorary Gordon Piper, although he didn’t need to don a kit or bagpipes. Team owner Bryan Herta posted a pic of the cameo this morning:

“It’s true!” Chaves told the IMS Radio Network’s Michael Young after it happened. “I guess this hits my rookie Indy 500 virginity. An initiation, if you will.”

Chaves reflected on the jump into IndyCars at the Speedway.

“It’s more than I expected to be honest. I’m just taking it in. Having raced here in Indy Lights will be a big help. On track the speeds are really high. Surprised at how it felt to an Indy Lights car. A lot quicker, a lot faster.”

We’ll see how Chaves goes in qualifying today.