By: Tanner Watkins
December 9, 2019 | 8:00 AM
Conor Daly has taken his positive partnership with the U.S. Air Force and landed on a part-time program driving for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020. The Indiana native will pilot Carpenter’s No. 20 Chevrolet on road and street course circuits next year, in addition to a shot at the Indianapolis 500 in May.
“I am so thankful for the loyalty the U.S. Air Force has demonstrated along with the faith in me to get the job done,” said Daly in today’s release. “This has been an incredible relationship to see grow and get stronger as we continue to add races to our program. I couldn’t be happier to be getting one more step closer to full-time Indy car competition.
“As an Indiana kid, it just feels right to be getting a chance with Ed Carpenter Racing,” continued Daly.
“This team has done such an incredible job over the years and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Ed and this group. I look forward to entering a season feeling fully prepared with simulator time and testing for the first time in several years.”
As part of the deal, Daly will race at the following events in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season:
- March 15 | Streets of St. Petersburg
- April 5 | Barber Motorsports Park
- April 19 | Streets of Long Beach
- April 26 | Circuit of the Americas
- May 9 | INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis
- May 24 | 104th Indianapolis 500
- May 30-31 | Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
- June 21 | Road America
- July 12 | Streets of Toronto
- August 16 | Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
- September 6 | Portland International Raceway
- September 20 | WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Daly will be in the No. 20 Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing for all events other than the 2020 Indianapolis 500, where he will have a new number and special livery – per ECR.
And while ECR won’t feature another “Team America” lineup in 2020, adding Daly to the mix that already includes team owner Ed Carpenter and rising Dutch prospect Rinus VeeKay certainly has the boss man excited for next season.
“I am extremely proud and excited to welcome Conor Daly and the U.S. Air Force to Ed Carpenter Racing,” said team owner Ed Carpenter. “I have seen Conor grow and mature over the course of his career and am confident that his best years are yet to come.
“It is a huge honor to represent the men and women who serve in the U.S. Air Force and we hope to make them proud this season.”
In six seasons as an IndyCar driver, Daly has logged a total of 50 starts – with one podium to his name, and a total of 72 laps led. Daly has an average finish of 15.1 in his career, though he was a bit better in seven starts last season by averaging a result of 13.4.
For 2019, Daly drove for three different teams (Andretti Autosport, Carlin, and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports) and his best finish of the year was sixth at Gateway for Carlin.
Driving the No. 25 U.S. Air Force Honda for Andretti at the 2019 Indianapolis 500, Daly placed 10th – his best finish at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing thus far.
Header image by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR.