It became official Wednesday afternoon that George Michael Steinbrenner, IV, the 22-year-old son of New York Yankees chairman Hank Steinbrenner, will be the youngest team owner in IndyCar history at Steinbrenner-Harding Racing.
The announcement was made at Yankee Stadium in New York.
The drivers include 2018 Indy Lights Series champion Patricio O’Ward of Mexico. The 19-year-old started fifth and finished ninth in his IndyCar debut in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sept. 16. O’Ward won nine Indy Lights races in 2018.
The other driver is Steinbrenner’s own Indy Lights driver, 18-year-old Colton Herta, son of former IndyCar driver Bryan Herta.
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“I am extremely excited to make the leap into the IndyCar Series,” Steinbrenner said. “Since I was a kid, it has been my goal to be a team owner in the IndyCar Series and I’m so excited to be doing that with Harding Racing. They are a team that shares our values that they don’t want to just be here, but to be a dominant 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.
“Excited to have two of the best young drivers on this continent and to have them both make the leap into the IndyCar Series at such a young age as teammates with Harding Steinbrenner. We’re looking forward to watching as they mature and fight to beat the grizzled veterans in the IndyCar paddock. We’re so excited to see where that will lead, how the team can grow, and how we’ll compete so we can hopefully vault ourselves to the top of IndyCar pylons.”
Those drivers take over a Harding Racing operation that will continue to be based on Main Street in Speedway, Indiana — just a few blocks from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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