Though Daly races for Ed Carpenter Racing throughout the street and avenue programs, together with the Indianapolis 500, he’ll assume duties for the British squad at Texas when ECR group proprietor Ed Carpenter takes his ordinary position of contesting the oval races – and Daly can also be anticipated to drive at Gateway later this yr.
Daly proved to be a serious asset for the group when he assumed this position in 2019, following the choice by the automobile’s common incumbent Max Chilton to trim his schedule to street and avenue programs plus the Indianapolis 500.
The American driver’s expertise accrued at AJ Foyt Racing, Dale Coyne Racing, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Harding Racing and Andretti Autosport over the earlier 5 seasons proved useful to Carlin and teammate Charlie Kimball in serving to to refine the squad’s oval setups in solely its second season of IndyCar racing.
In his fourth race for Carlin – with whom he had additionally competed in GP3 again in 2011 – Daly delivered a sixth place at Gateway’s World Vast Know-how Raceway.
Daly’s comparable schedule for Ed Carpenter Racing final yr allowed him to carry out oval duties for Carlin instead of Chilton, because the group minimize down to 1 entry for 2020.
Carlin’s religion was justified as Daly scored a pole place at Iowa Speedway and 4 high 10s in his 5 outings for the group.
Daly will once more drive the #59 automobile, though the 2021 schedule accommodates solely three oval races exterior of the Indy 500 – this weekend’s double-header at Texas Motor Speedway and the August race at Gateway.
“It’s fulfilment of what each I and the group need to do,” Daly advised Autosport.
“I clearly need to be competing in all of the races and between Ed Carpenter Racing and Carlin, I’ve acquired that chance for a second yr, which is superior.
Conor Daly with the Carlin Chevrolet crew after taking the group’s first IndyCar pole at Iowa final yr.
Photograph by: IndyCar Collection
“And for Carlin, clearly they need to have a automobile working in any respect occasions as a result of they need the Chief Circle spot [the approximately $1m bonus granted to the top 22 cars in the championship] and my job is to assist them obtain that.
“Seeing the progress we’ve made collectively has been actually, actually rewarding as a result of these guys are ready to place every part on the road to enhance themselves and provides me what I would like. That’s all you possibly can ask for.”
Daly mentioned he believes that Carlin can compete within the high 5 on all ovals, regardless of Iowa having now been deleted from the schedule.
“I definitely hope we will be at that stage,” mentioned Daly. “I feel we might have been proper up there final yr at Texas if it wasn’t for the truth that the observe had develop into type of one-lane.
“We made it from close to the again [19th] to return up by way of the sector and end sixth.
“And on the latest check at Indy, Max was fairly good on uncooked pace, so I feel Carlin has made good progress in that space.”
“We’ve no expectation or purpose aside from to run up entrance; we go there anticipating to be aggressive. And I feel our rivals anticipate that from us after the previous few oval races.”
Group proprietor Grahame Chilton added, “We’re very happy to have Conor again with the group, we’ve loved some profitable races collectively prior to now and we’re aiming to proceed the place we left off with our oval kind.”