Dale Coyne Racing announced on Tuesday that their former driver Conor Daly will return to the Honda powered team to compete in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.
Daly who drove for Coyne in 2016 moved to AJ Foyt Racing for 2017 before he lost his full-time IndyCar drive at the end of the 2017 season.
Daly will drive the Number 17 Dale Coyne Racing with Thom Burn Racing with sponsorship from the United States Air Force Honda and speaking about the news, Daly commented by saying:
It is an honor to have the opportunity to represent the Air Force at the Indianapolis 500. “Memorial Day Weekend is an incredible time of appreciation for those who serve our country. I can’t thank Dale Coyne enough for having me back on the team and Thom Burns enough for bringing this program together with the Air Force to give us a fighting chance at the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
“In conjunction with an incredible team of people at Dale Coyne Racing that I’ve had the pleasure of working with before, I think we will have a great opportunity to shine.
Team owner Dale Coyne commented on the news by saying:
We’re very happy to have Conor Daly back with us for the Indy 500. “Conor has done a great job for us in the past and we hope to continue that this year at IMS. We also very much look forward to working with Thom Burns Racing and we’re extremely pleased and honored to be partnered and representing the United States Air Force.
Co-entrant, Thom Burns, an Indianapolis based property developer commented on the news by saying:
We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Dale Coyne Racing and with the United States Air Force and to be back at Indianapolis again in 2018. “It goes without saying that the Memorial Day Weekend is a very special time, and for many reasons. The Speedway has always been my dream and to bring an American icon like the Air Force here for Conor Daly gives me great pride. The Air Force helps to protect our freedom so that we can have the ability to participate in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ the Indianapolis 500.
Thom continued by saying:
It is our duty and privilege to assist with the recruiting efforts of the Air Force. Potential recruits will not only find us on the track but out in the community, as well, as we build awareness of the tremendous career opportunities that the Air Force provides.
Major Ross McKnight, Chief Air Force National Events Branch commented on the news by saying:
“The Indianapolis 500 is a great venue to inspire young adults, communicate our mission and build awareness about career opportunities within the Air Force. “The strategic partnership enables the Air Force to leverage the STEM aspects of INDYCAR and the shared principles of teamwork, speed and competition.
“This partnership with Dale Coyne Racing, Thom Burns Racing and talented American driver Conor Daly at the Indianapolis 500 reflects the core values of the Air Force perfectly.
The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil takes place on May 27.