By: Spencer Neff
August 8, 2019 | 2:32 PM
Earlier today, one of the NTT IndyCar Series’ most popular drivers added to his schedule for the 2019 season. For the second time this season, Conor Daly will drive for Andretti Autosport and pilot the No. 25 Honda.
The Noblesville, Indiana-native will do so for the September 22 race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. After a 14-year absence, IndyCar will return to the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course in Salinas, California.
“I couldn’t be more excited to get back to my road course routes and take on Laguna Seca with Andretti Autosport and the United States Air Force,” said Daly.
“It’s been incredible to be a part of the team this year carrying the USAF colors and to represent them at the season finale will be very special. I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to do with the USAF this year on and off the track and I can’t wait to get back in the No. 25 car!”
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In May, Daly joined Andretti Autosport at the 103rd Indianapolis 500 in the team’s fifth entry for the race. In the 200-lap race, Daly started 11th and finished 10th.
Since then, Daly has made appearances at Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway with Carlin Racing. The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will be Daly’s first IndyCar race on a permanent road course since Mid-Ohio last year. In that race, Daly started 14th and finished 22nd.
Although Daly and several other drivers will be making their first IndyCar start at Laguna Seca, he did win a race in the Star Mazda Championship with Juncos Racing in 2010 at the track.
In addition, Conor’s father Derek has also found success at the track while driving in CART. In four starts, the elder Daly notched a second-place start in 1983’s inaugural event at the track. Five years later, he finished seventh, also a career-best.
For the race, Daly will look to add to that success with Andretti.
“We are thrilled to have Conor, as well as the U.S. Air Force, join us again for the season finale in Laguna Seca,” said Michael Andretti, CEO, Andretti Autosport.
“Conor was a great addition during the month of May and being able to continue this great partnership with the Air Force at the series season finale is another special opportunity to show our support and honor the brave men and women serving our Nation.”
In addition to primary sponsorship of Daly’s car, Air Force has also served as an associate sponsor for Andretti Autosport’s four-car effort during the 2019 season.
“We were extremely proud of the effort that Conor (Daly) and the entire Andretti Autosport Team put in for the Indianapolis 500,” said Maj. Ross McKnight, Chief Air Force National Events Branch.
“The activation exceeded all Air Force Recruiting objectives and we are excited to continue that success at Laguna Seca and the IndyCar season finale.”
In addition to the impending championship battle, Daly’s return will also be a major storyline at Laguna Seca next month.
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