NTT IndyCar Series driver Conor Daly has revealed his car number and livery with Ed Carpenter Racing for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place on Sunday 23 August.
The Indiana native will once again have primary sponsorship from the US Air Force and will compete in the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in the No.47 US Air Force Chevrolet which pays tribute to Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 aircraft.
Speaking about the new livery, Daly said:
It’s incredible to once again drive an iconic livery at the Indy 500. The U.S. Air Force does an unbelievable job paying respect to the history of the fighter jet and honoring the accomplishments of those who have served and are currently serving. “This is such an exciting car, there’s so much that went into both the design and the number 47 that we’ll be representing. I can’t wait to drive the Indy car version of Glamorous Glennis and hopefully make Chuck Yeager himself proud!”
Chuck Yeager became the first US pilot to break the sound barrier over Washington D.C on October 17 1947 piloting the Bell X1 reached a speed of 700mph at an altitude of 43,000 ft and speaking about the continued partnership with Daly, Maj Ross McKnight, Chief National Events Branch Air Force Recruiting Service said:
The Bell X-1 and Brig Gen (Ret) Chuck Yeager are cornerstones of the Air Force and aviation in general. They are part of a rich history of high performance, pushing boundaries and advanced technology that are at the fabric of the U.S. Air Force and our Airmen! “We are really excited to pay tribute to the historic ‘breaking of the sound barrier’ at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing with a tribute livery that can be seen all round the track. Even if it can only go a fraction of the speed that Chuck and the Bell X-1 traveled, then Conor and No. 47 U.S. Air Force Chevy are in for a great result.”