HSR will not instantly fill second seat
Within the wake of Pato O’Ward’s departure from the Harding Steinbrenner Racing crew simply weeks earlier than the 2019 NTT IndyCar Sequence season kicks off, the Mike Harding- and George Michael Steinbrenner-owned outfit is not going to look to instantly fill the empty seat.
With Indy Lights race winner Colton Herta signed to drive the No. 88 HSR Honda for the season, O’Ward’s vacant No. eight Honda will sit idle because the cash-strapped crew focuses its decreased price range on a single driver.
<h2 class="related__header">Extra IndyCar!</h2><a category="block block--related" href="https://racer.com/2019/02/12/scott-dixon-cota-in-car-lap/" data-track="-in-article-related-auto"><h2 class="block__title">Scott Dixon COTA in-car lap</h2><h2 class="block__title">LIVE: IndyCar Spring Coaching Tuesday afternoon from COTA</h2><h2 class="block__title">Herta paces opening COTA Spring Coaching session</h2></apart> <p>Though no less than one latest IndyCar driver expressed curiosity in taking on the Indy Lights champion’s unused HSR seat, the Indiana-based squad is barely anticipated to entertain presents to area the No. eight entry for Could’s 103rd working of the Indianapolis 500. Whether or not the one-car program stays in place after Indy is open to re-evaluation within the coming months.</p> <p>“It's full focus, full steam forward on offering Colton the utmost assist for the remainder of the season,” HSR crew president Brian Barnhart informed RACER. “If the suitable alternative presents itself, we’d be open to working a second automobile on the speedway. And we’ll be sensible about that. We received’t simply run a second automobile for the sake of working one. There would have to be a very good cause for it.”</p>