Conor Daly has had one of the hardest times as a racecar driver. Not being able to have a real chance. He’s bounced around from team to team the past few years hoping to land the likes of someone, but it just has not occurred. He’s driven for Dale Coyne, AJ Foyt and Sam Schmidt and has not made it one year past the first season together with any of the owners.
But Daly has never let the fire burn out by running this year's Indy 500 in a collaboration with Thom Burns and Dale Coyne and backing from the US Air Force. He was able to make the field by bumping his team mate Pippa Mann and his former roommate James Hinchcliffe. He started 33rd and finishe 21st. But that the only race Daly had lined up for 2018 in IndyCar. Until this Tuesday.
The brand new first full time season team, Harding Racing, owned by Mike Harding and run by former IndyCar director Brian Barnhart, announced that they will have 26 year old Conor Daly full in for the teams current full time driver Gabby Chaves this weekend in the Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Toronto.
“At this point in the season, we are focusing all of our attention on the 2019 season,” said Brian Barnhart in a press release. “It we can expand to a two-car team all remaining races and testing will offer driver evaluation oppurtunites to determine who will become Gabby’s teammate in 2019.”
This could be very good news for Daly as he has been working day in and day out to try and establish himself in IndyCar full time. They say hard work always pays off at some point.