Steinbrenner Dynasty Expands from Yankees to IndyCar Racing

Harding Steinbrenner Racing
November 27, 2018
Updated 3mo ago

By Carlo Versano

The competitive spirit runs deep in the Steinbrenner family.

George Steinbrenner IV, the son of the New York Yankees co-chairman and grandson of the famous Yankee owner, hopes to take the family business of winning to the race track.

Steinbrenner became the youngest team owner in IndyCar history this year when he and his partner, Mike Harding, unveiled Harding Steinbrenner Racing.

In an interview with Cheddar, Steinbrenner spoke of growing up in a family that oversaw the Yankees as it stacked up enough victories to become the most-winning team in baseball's history.

"All that matters to our family is winning," he said. "It was 100 percent part of the culture for me growing up."

Steinbrenner and Harding are hoping their race team will one day be its own dynasty. They signed Patricio O'Ward and Colton Herta, two young up-and-coming drivers, who Steinbrenner called "cornerstones" and around whom he wants to build the team.

"Five years from now I think they'll both be superstars," he said.

At the ripe age of 22, Steinbrenner said he felt welcomed into the club of team owners, but that he still has to earn the respect of his peers. And he's well-aware of of the challenge many sports franchises, teams, and leagues ー including baseball ー face in trying to break through a crowded media and entertainment landscape to appeal to young viewers. Luckily, with IndyCar, the cars and drivers do the hard work, he said.

"It's so cool."

For full interview click here.