Steinbrenner and Harding join forces for 2019 IndyCar season

George Steinbrenner and Mike Harding are taking both of their racing programs from Indy Lights and IndyCar to create Harding Steinbrenner Racing for 2019.

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Steinbrenner and Harding join forces for 2019 IndyCar season
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On Wednesday it was announced that both very new team owners Mike Harding, in IndyCar, and George Steinbrenner IV in Indy Lights, will form what will be known as Harding Steinbrenner Racing to field 2 full time entries in 2019. 

 The 2 full-time entries will be filled with drivers who have had recent success in Indy Lights, 2018 Indy Lights champion and 19 year old Mexican, Patricio O'Ward. And the other is six-time race winner in Indy Lights and 18 year old American, Colton Herta. 

 "We are happy to announce that Mike Harding of Harding Racing and George Steinbrenner IV of Steinbrenner Racing will join forces in 2019 to become Harding Steinbrenner Racing" said team president Brian Barnhart. "We will be making the move to a two car team, fulfilling a goal we stated earlier in the year." 

 "I am extremely excited to make the leap into the IndyCar series," said new team co owner George Steinbrenner IV. "Since i was a kid, it has been my goal to be a team owner in the IndyCar series and I am so excited to be doing that with Harding Racing. They are a team that shares our values that they don't just want to be here, but to be dominent mainstay in the series. That will continue to be our goal as we head into a partnership with a team that shares the same ideals and it makes life a heck of a lot easier. 

 Patricio O'Ward has had to have some time to let sometihing like this sink in. 

 "If you would have asked me if I was going to be an IndyCar driver last year, I would have told you hopefully, but no," he said. "It's a chance of a lifetime. I couldn't be in a better position as of now. I'm really thankful for the oppurtunity that Harding Racing, Mike Harding and the Steinbrenners are giving me. This is something that I have been working my whole life for."

 Colton Herta is just as thrilled to be able to say that he will be on the grid next season in St. Petersburg. 

 "I'm so thrilled to finally announce the plans for next year," Herta said. "I know it's been a long time coming. After having a good time in Sonoma and dipping my feet into IndyCar, it makes me way more enthusiastic than I was before. This is all possible because of Mike Harding, and i want to give a big thank you to the Steinbrenners. There is a lot to do, but I'm ready to get my head down and focus forward for the 2019 IndyCar season." 

 A lot of eyes will be on Colton and Patricio to see if they can continue there success over from Indy Lights, and Harding and Steinbrenner to see if there conjoined efforts can bring even more success in 2019.

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