Colton Herta and Pato O’Ward will be powered by Honda during their debut IndyCar Series season with Harding Steinbrenner Racing in 2019.
Before its alignment with Steinbrenner Racing in the offseason, Mike Harding’s team ran a Chevrolet engine in its No. 88 car, beginning with Gabby Chaves’ entry at the 2017 Indianapolis 500.
Now the home of Indy Lights successes Herta and O’Ward as they enter North America’s premier open-wheel championship, the Speedway, Indiana-based team will switch manufacturers as it enters the new season in its new form.
“At Honda Performance Development, we are always looking to the future, as seen with our development series: quarter midgets, karting, Formula F, US F4 and F3 Americas,” said HPD President Art St. Cyr.
“We are excited to welcome a team with enthusiastic ownership that also believes developing drivers solidifies our lineup today, and into the future. With a pair of young North American drivers, Harding Steinbrenner Racing strengthens our overall racing effort and represents the future of our sport.”
Despite effectively being an entirely new effort for 2019, the joint effort between Harding and George Michael Steinbrenner IV aims to add value to the brand that earned its first IndyCar manufacturer’s title in 2018.
“Over the past few seasons, Honda Performance Development has shown its ability to win races and that’s what we’re here to do as well,” Steinbrenner said.
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 10, 2019 will mark the first street circuit race in IndyCar for Herta and O’Ward and the team’s first race with Honda power.