Name: Gabby Chaves
Birth Date: 7/7/1993
Birth Place: Bogotá, Colombia
Racing Goal: Pro Driver, Verizon IndyCar Series & Indy 500
Team: Sam Schmidt Motorsports
INDIANAPOLIS –The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy started with a great opportunity for the #98 team: avoiding the first corner crash and moving up from 16th to 9th. Gabby Chaves and the Angie’s List team looked poised for a solid top ten finish through the first half of the race, running a strong 8th, and even leading a lap as pit stops cycled among the leaders.
The third stint of the race saw the #98 Angie’s List car stuck in a fight with another car, costing a great deal of time. On the third and final stop of the race, the team switched back to the alternate “Red” (faster) tire; however, lost significant grip the final ten laps of the race as the tires wore off halting a late charge. Chaves finished fifteenth.
Gabby Chaves Quote on Angie’s List GP of Indy:
“The Angie’s List car was really good the first half of the race and were able to keep pace with the lead pack. We got stuck behind the #4 car for quite a while, and that cost us a lot of time before switching to the black tires. We struggled to find the pace on the primary tire before going back to our pace on the alternate tire. We keep improving every weekend: we ran strong, and had a great time representing Angie’s List in their race!”
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About Bryan Herta Autosport:
Co-Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second Verizon IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series and in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series as Bryan Herta Rallysport. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen Motorsports of Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.
At age nineteen, Gabby Chaves has achieved more goals than one would expect in a lifetime. Known as one of the youngest drivers in the sport of racing, Chaves’ records speaks for itself with seven titles in Karting in a short three years at the beginning of his racing career. When he moved to the Formula open wheel racing with just 13 years of age Gabby accomplished his first Championship and a Vice-championship in the Formula Skip Barber with a record of 21 victories and 28 podiums during his two years of participation in this series, He then continues to move up the ladder to the International circuits at the age of 14 competing in the Formula BMW Pacific and in The Formula BMW Americas. Gabby brings home a 4th place in the Formula BMW Pacific Championship, and another Title by winning the 2009 Formula BMW of the Americas with just 15 years of age setting yet another record as the youngest ever to win this series with a big plus by taking 14 consecutive podiums and 5 race victories. In 2010 Gabby takes on a new challenge in the European circuits and puts another title under his belt by taking the 2010 Rookie of The Year in the famed Formula 3 Italian series. All this achievements in such a short period of time and at his uncommon young age has earned him recognition as one of the youngest and most talented drivers on today’s racing circuit.
Such recognition has brought Gabby to the doorsteps of the formula 1 world when in late 2009 both USF1 and the Ferrari Drivers Academy called upon Gabby seeking the possibility to enroll him into the Young Drivers Program. Gabby is selected to be part of the Formula 1 developing program with USF1 but unfortunately this team was unable to take the track at the first race and soon after the team was dissolved.
In 2012 Gabby Chaves joins the ranks in the Star Mazda Championship series just days before the start of the season. With lack of pre season testing and knowledge of the race tracks in its event’s calendar, Gabby on his first year in this series, brings the second place finish of this championship with a total of 17 races, 2 victories, 2 pole positions, 2 fastest laps 3 second place finishes and 5 third place finishes for a total of 10 podiums in the season.
In November 2011 Gabby earned a place in the 2012 FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy, following an impressive performance during the selection event at the Wachau Ring in Melk, Austria, and he is now receiving training and support throughout 2012 via the prestigious driver development program.
He entered the second-ever FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy selection event as one of several racers with a proven record. The teen ager showcased his talents behind the wheel and outside of the cockpit in Austria. At the conclusion of four days of evaluation led by the former Formula One driver and two-time Le Mans winner Alexander Wurz and former World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid- which included exercises covering fitness, media techniques, teamwork, and psychology- the talented racer was selected to be part of the Academy for 2012.
Gabby is now being coached ‘in the car’ by Wurz and his team from Test and Training International, and ‘out of the car’ by Reid and his team from Elite Sports Performance. He is attending a series of workshops in Europe covering all aspects of driver performance and safety. The driving elements of the course include the development of technical skills, safety training, attitudes and awareness. The human performance aspect features psychology, nutrition, media skills and career management.
Gabriel Chaves was born July 7, 1993 into a family of talented drivers. His mother raced cars in her native Colombia while his father explored the skies as an airline pilot. His grandfather was a race car driver in the 1960’s while his uncle raced for eight years in Colombia and England. It’s no wonder this youngster gravitated towards car racing.
Chaves began his racing career in karting at the age of ten. It was during this time he was ranked in tennis as one of the USTA’s Top Ten tennis players of his age group. However, his need for speed had him hooked and through total dedication and extreme discipline, Chaves took his first karting national title in August 2005. His victory placed him in the karting world final in Parma, Italy where he qualified second and finished fourth amongst the best seventy-two drivers of the world in his class group. The following year, Chaves continuously achieved victories and won the four most prestigious karting championships in the USA in three different classes.
Age was never an issue until Chaves was recognized as one of the top karting drivers in America and offered a promotional test in a formula Renault 1600cc of the Panam GP Series. While the private testing was done in his native country, Chaves managed to face no objections to his age however when the Series discovered he was only twelve years old, a heated debate ensued and Chaves was eventually accepted and age was waived to participate
Chaves began making history as the “youngest formula driver” in the world to compete in an automobile sanctioned event. He took the starting grid of his first face at the Autodromo Los Volcanes of Guatemala City on May 13, 2006. It was these three races that unveiled the initial sparks of a talented young driver with excellent car and mental control.
At the end of 2006, a thirteen-year-old Chaves was accepted to compete for the famed Skip Barber Racing School scholarship annual shoot-out. After a three-day competition against fifty drivers, Chaves won and became the youngest driver to win a formula 2000c scholarship.
The Skip Barber scholarship allowed him to compete in the 2007 Eastern Regional Series where he took the runner-up spot with the most number of wins. But he didn’t stop there, Chaves enrolled to compete in the next regional series, the 2007/2008 Southern Series. He made another amazing achievement by winning undefeated with ten straight victories. Chaves moved to the National Series and continued his winning roll by taking the first three rounds with consecutive victories totaling in seventeen consecutive victories. Chaves made history.
Chaves was granted permission, despite his age of fourteen, to start competing at the Formula BMW to continue his learning process. With regulations stating he must be age sixteen, his impressive record helped waive the age limitation and Chaves was presented with his license to run the 2008 BMW Pacific Series. It was this series he had a noticeable appearance as a front-runner, climbing to the podium and scoring the fastest laps of some races while finishing fourth on the championship.
In 2009, Chaves joined team Euro international to compete in the Formula BMW Americas. With his experience from the previous season, Chaves clinched the championship with two races yet to go.
His end result set a record. Chaves finished on the podium in every one of the 14 races in the 2009 season making this a first in Formula BMW Americas history and in series racing.
Chaves finished the 2009 season with five victories, eight –second places honors and one- third place honor. In addition, he has set eight track records, three pole positions and four “racing fastest” laps…all at the age of sixteen years old.
After being one of the 24 drivers that took part in the evaluation done by the Ferrari Driver Academy, a new program from Scuderia Ferrari launched to find and support talented young drivers from around the world with the eventual aim of getting them into the Formula One Arena, Chaves decided to race in one of the highest and well recognized series in Europe, the Italian F3 with Eurointernational Team. After achieving the Rookie Title in this F3 Series and being top ten in the Championship in this first year in Europe, Gabby continued to pursue his dream towards Formula One. In 2011 he competed in one of the highest ranked series for junior open wheel drivers in the world, the GP3 Series. Being his first year in the Series, and having to race in new circuits and against more experienced drivers from all over the world, Gabby showed very good pace and skills, Continuing his development as a driver,
Until his next race, he focuses on maintaining his optimal physical condition, by training and competing in triathlons, and going to the gym. Despite his young age, Chaves is a fierce yet mature competitor. He knows there is always a lesson to be learned in any win or lose situation. There’s always another race and he cannot wait. The success of his career has been a product of his disciplined training, determination, mental control and meditation.
Chaves currently resides in Weston, Florida with his family. www.gabbychaves.com
Formula Star Mazda: Second Place in the Championship.
17 Races, Two Victories, 2 Pole positions, 2 fastest laps, and 3 second place finishes, and five third place finishes for a total of 10 Podiums.
Pro-Formula Challenge West Coast: 2 Races – 2 Wins
Winner Shoot-out FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy
Rookie Champion Italian F3
Formula BMW AmericasChampion. 14 races- 5 wins, 14 podiums.
Formula Skip Barber National Series. Five races, 3 victories, one 3rd and one 4th place finishes. (Had to withdraw after leading the championship to compete in the BMW pacific series) 25 Drivers total
Formula BMW Pacific: 16 Races- 3 podiums, 5 top five, 6 top ten.Fourth Place overall among 19 Drivers
Undefeated Champion Formula Skip Barber Southern series 10 races, 10 victories
Runner Up Formula Skip Barber Eastern regional series
Winner Colombian Grand Prix Formula 2000
Winner Formula Skip Barber annual scholarship shoot-out
WINNER FLORIDA WINTERTOUR NATIONAL KARTING SERIES (ROTAX JUNIOR CLASS) Ocala Grand Prix March/24/2008
CHAMPION HOMESTEAD FL SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP EASYKART 60
3RD PLACE EASY KART GRAND NATIONALS 100 cc.
CHAMPION FLORIDA WINTER TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP/ ROTAX
2ND PLACE CRG GRAND NATIONAL NORTH CAROLINA /CADET
CHAMPION STARS OF KARTING NATIONALS CHAMPIONSHIP/ CADET CLASS
CHAMPION ROTAX EAST COAST DIVISION / ROTAX MINIMAX
7TH PLACE2006 EASY KART WORLD FINALS JESOLO, ITALY/ EASY KART 100 cc.
CHAMPION FLORIDA ROTAX CHALLENGE / ROTAX MINIMAX
4th PLACE EASY KART WORLD FINALS PARMA, ITALY/ EASY KART 100 cc.
CHAMPION EASY KART GRAND NATIONAL / EASY KART 60 cc.
CHAMPION HOMESTEAD, FL SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP/ EASY KART 60 cc