After Pato O'Waard's withdrawal from Harding Steinbrenner's team just weeks before the start of the 2019 NTT IndyCar season, Mike Harding's team and George Michael Steinbrener will not immediately fill the empty spot with the winner of the Indy race Lights Colton Hertha, signed to drive the 88 HSR Honda for the season, O'Ward's free number 8 will be out of work when the money-fighting team focuses on a reduced budget on a driver.
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The Indy Lights Champion's unused HSR seat, the team of Indiana is only supposed to entertain the number 8 bid for the 1
"This is a full focus, a full steam ahead for giving Colton maximum support for the rest of the season," said HSR chairman Brian Barnhart. "If the opportunity is presented, we will be open to running a second car on the track. And we will be smart about it. We will not just run a second car to run it. There must be good reason for this. "