Harding Racing is owned and managed by Mike Harding. Mike is also the owner and CEO of Indianapolis based Harding Group, an asphalt and concrete contractor. Under his direction, Harding Group is an official sponsor of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He has been involved with the paving industry and his father’s company, F.E. Harding, since the early ’80’s. Mike purchased the company from his father and is now sole owner. Under Mike’s leadership, Harding Group consistently ranks in the “Top Ten” asphalt maintenance companies in the USA, year after year.
At the age of twenty four, Gabby Chaves has made a name for himself by winning races and challenging for championship titles. The well liked and respected, Chaves, began his racing career at the age of thirteen and has won three championships (Formula BMW Pacific, Formula BMW Americas, and Indy Lights) and two Rookie of the Year awards (2015 Sunoco Indianapois 500 and 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series). Gabby Chaves placed 9th in the 2017 Indianapolis 500. This was his best finish in the Indianapolis 500.
Al Unser Jr’s racing career is one of the sport’s best. He has 329 starts, 34 wins, and 7 poles. Little Al ran in The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, Can-Am, CART, IROC, and IRL Series. He has 5 championship titles and various awards in racing. He is a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, 1992 and 1994. Al Unser Jr. was named ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year in 1994.
Brian Barnhart has over 25 years experience on both the operational and commercial side of IndyCar. His tenure in the operational side of IndyCar began in 1997 where he served in various roles, most recently as Vice President of Competition and Head of Race Control. Prior to his move to IndyCar, Barnhart spent several years as a crew member for multiple race teams including Al Unser Jr.’s winning teams. This is the first time Al Unser Jr. and Barnhart will be working together since their two Indianapolis 500 victories and two CART Championships in the early 1990s.