Gabby Chaves is hoping to strengthen his grip on the provisional Rookie of the Year honors in the Verizon IndyCar Series by scoring his first podium in the final five races of the year.
Chaves stepped up to IndyCar in 2015 with Bryan Herta Autosport after winning Indy Lights in 2014, and has recorded two top ten finishes in the opening 11 races of the season.
The Colombian driver currently ranks 16th in the drivers’ championship, 38 points clear of next rookie Stefano Coletti.
Chaves is keen to improve on his season-best result of ninth in Detroit by breaking into the top five and challenging for a podium finish in the final five races of the year, starting this weekend at the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.
“Coming off of a tough weekend at Fontana, I’m pretty excited to get things going once again after a short break here and can focus on Milwaukee and getting back on track to the results we want to see,” Chaves said.
“Coming on to the final stretch of the championship, we’re definitely wanting to break into the top five, challenging for a podium position before the year is over.
“So we will be working very hard this weekend to take the steps into that direction.”
Chaves has raced at the Milwaukee Mile twice before, both times in Indy Lights, finishing fourth in 2013 and third in 2014.
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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.
Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.
Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”
Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.
The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.
Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.