Just days after wrapping up the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship, Pato O’Ward will visit Sonoma Raceway with Harding Racing to turn his first laps in an Indy car.
Harding will prepare its No. 88 Chevrolet for the 19-year-old Mexican driver’s introduction to Verizon IndyCar Series machinery on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Californian road course — 10 days before the series’ finale at the same venue.
The Indianapolis-based team recently gave Colton Herta, O’Ward’s Indy Lights rival, his first IndyCar test at Portland International Raceway.
“We’re excited about an opportunity on Thursday to continue what we began the middle of this year,” said the team’s president Brian Barnhart.
“We’re just doing exactly what we’ve stated all along. We’re getting a good mix between some experienced veterans and some of the young talent that has a bright future in IndyCar.”
After surrendering the car to Conor Daly for three races at the midway point of the season, Gabby Chaves returned to the cockpit of Harding’s entry for the two most recent rounds at Gateway Motorsports Park and Portland.
Chaves may not compete in the Sonoma finale, however, as RACER reported following the Grand Prix of Portland that Harding will field cars for both Herta and O’Ward to end the season, introducing their rivalry to North America’s premier open-wheel championship for the first time.