Carlin Racing announced today that Conor Daly who had his best finish in the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport last month will replace Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet for the remaining oval races in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series starting at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.
Speaking following the news, Daly said:
I want to thank everyone at Carlin and Gallagher for the opportunity to get back in a race car at Texas. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Carlin back in 2011 as I started my European racing journey and to now drive for them in the NTT IndyCar Series is pretty special. I look forward to being able to contribute to the team as best I can.”
Max Chilton will compete in the remaining road and street course events this year. Chilton said:
I would like to thank Gallagher for being supportive of my decision to not compete in the remaining oval races this season – I am extremely fortunate to have such a supportive partner. Risk Management is a central consideration of both Gallagher and myself in how we operate. I’m excited and pleased by the outstanding proactive work being done by INDYCAR around driver safety and the innovation of the solution developed in partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies that has created a new aero screen. The innovative solution will be the most advanced single seater driver head protection in the world and will be introduced in 2020. My focus remains on getting the best possible results for the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin crew and I will be helping the team and Conor in any way I can to that end.”
Daly will compete in Iowa, at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 and the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.