Dale Coyne Racing have announced that Conor Daly will drive full-time for them in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar series. The American driver, who made his IndyCar debut in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 for A.J. Foyt before taking part in 5 rounds last year, will drive the #18 Honda in his first full season; starting with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 13th.
“I’ve been at IndyCar races since my birth so to be on a team like it’s a dream come true. I can’t wait to get ready to go. We are testing next week and look forward to that,” said Daly at the driver announcement, “This all started coming together about a month ago. This is surreal to me because I’ve seen deals happen and then not happen. But this one is really happening.”
“It’s been crazy. It has been so tough. There have been a lot of moments were I have considered what else can I do. I can forget about all that stuff now. I can look forward and not look back. I want to compete every weekend for a top 10. I have no doubt we can do that and we should have a good shot at doing that.”
Conor made his way up the US Open-Wheel racing ladder, winning the 2010 Star Mazda championship before competing in 5 rounds of the 2011 Indy Lights series. He then moved over to Europe to become a race winner in GP3 before taking part in 2014 GP2 series with Venezuela GP Lazarus.
He returned to IndyCar racing last year for 5 rounds, with his best result being a 6th place finish in the 2nd race in Detroit whilst substituting for the injured James Hinchcliffe at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
“We need more American drivers in this series and it’s great to have Conor fulltime,” said Dale Coyne, who also announced that Bryan Clauson would also drive for them in the 100th Indianapolis 500 in May, “I think it is early days but he [Conor] will do a nice job this year and finish in the middle of the field championship wise and he will learn a lot.
Dale Coyne Racing will announce more of their plans for 2016, including the identity of their 2nd driver in the #19 car, at a later date.
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