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2020 IndyCar Season offers Conor Daly the chance to move to the next level in a now confirmed full-time campaign with Ed Carpenter and Carlin

It’s good to see Conor Daly back in the full-time IndyCar spotlight again since 2017.

Though, this time it’ll be a bit different a la Austin Cindric back in his rookie full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series season in 2018 with two teams, Roush Fenway & Penske.

You will see the credit where some drivers have to step out at an area that they don’t feel comfortable & limit their schedule.

Conor Daly follows Peter Dempsey at Turn 10 during the 2011 Indy Lights race in St Petersburg, Florida
Valder via Wikipedia on 1st Image, 27/3/11 (CC BY 2.0)

Ed Carpenter Racing

Ed Carpenter doesn’t compete in road courses these days & only races in ovals for only five events that this organization arranged every year nowadays.

When Carpenter is not on ovals, that’s where Daly fills in the workload in the No.20 Chevy for 12 races starting this weekend in St Petersburg, FL.

Plus, he’ll get the opportunity to try and win the Indy 500 with the third Ed Carpenter seat that is dedicated to this special occasion.

Conor Daly turning left behind Peter Dempsey at Turn 10 during the 2011 Indy Lights race in St Petersburg, Florida
Valder via Wikipedia on 2nd Image, 27/3/11 (CC BY 2.0)

Carlin

Then you’ll go a bit further down the line at Carlin, where another driver who used to race in ovals over the last few years but doesn’t feel like they need to turn left anymore.

Yes, this may sound scary from a standpoint overseas, exceptionally when some drivers have unfortunately died there, some lucky to survive in the last few years.

But this driver made a brave choice in pulling the plug and only limits his workload where he feels most comfortable to the race, which is only road courses.

And that name is an ex-Formula one racer named Max Chilton.

When Chilton is not racing on ovals, Carlin asked Daly to fill-in the No.59 Chevy bar the Indy 500, where he’ll compete for the 3rd Ed Carpenter seat.

Conor Daly attending the 2015 Indianapolis 500
SarahStierech via Wikipedia on 3rd Image, 24/5/15 (CC BY 4.0)

Schedule

  • St Pete (Ed Carpenter)
  • Barber in Alabama (Ed Carpenter)
  • Long Beach (Ed Carpenter)
  • Circuit of the Americas in Austin (Ed Carpenter)
  • Indy GP (Ed Carpenter)
  • Indy 500 (Ed Carpenter 3rd seat)
  • Belle Isle doubleheader in Detroit (Ed Carpenter)
  • Texas (Carlin)
  • Road America (Ed Carpenter)
  • Richmond (Carlin)
  • Toronto (Ed Carpenter)
  • Iowa (Carlin)
  • Mid-Ohio (Ed Carpenter)
  • Gateway in St. Louis (Carlin)
  • Portland (Ed Carpenter)
  • Laguna Sega (Ed Carpenter)
Conor Daly racing during the GP3 Series round at Spa-Francochamps in 2013
Malte89N via Wikipedia on 4th Image (CC BY-SA 3.0), 25/8/13

Conclusion

All in all, the reduced workload from Carpenter and Chilton opened up another save from grace moment for Daly to race full-time once again with the main focus on talent before money at the top level.

He came off a few decent & okay results on the exclusive left-hand turns last year:

  • 10th, Indy 500
  • 11th, Texas
  • 13th, Iowa
  • 11th, Pocono
  • 6th, St Louis

It proves that Daly can stay optimistic and has the potential to improve further rewards that will go his way in the long term.

Who knows? An Indy 500 win and tasting the milk bottle would be nice.

Think of his best mate Alexander Rossi when he crossed the finish line first at the greatest spectacle of racing in Indy four years ago.

Conor Daly driving for Team Lazarus during Round 5 of the GP2 Series in Silverstone, UK in 2014
JakeArchibald via Wikipedia on 5th Image (CC BY 2.0), 4/7/14

And so will his highest championship standings place.

At the moment, it stands in 18th, having done so in his first two full campaigns in 2016 & 2017.

Now that Daly is near the end of his 20s, he can take advantage of his vast IndyCar experience to open the new decade on a bang before opening more and more credibility on his CV.

Again, there’s every reason for IndyCar and racing fans to put faith in Daly when he competes full-time for both Ed Carpenter and Carlin this season.

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