Conor Daly ends season on podium, and third in GP3 standings

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Conor Daly, one of two current American Formula One hopefuls along with Alexander Rossi, ended his variety pack of 2013 series races on the podium in Abu Dhabi. His third place finish in Race 2 helped him secure third place in the season standings, behind series champion Daniil Kvyat and runner-up Facu Regalia.

Daly finished in the middle of the three ART Grand Prix drivers in the series this year, with Regalia second and Jack Harvey in fifth. Daly’s season featured a win at Valencia in June, and five other podium finishes.

This season, Daly has also made his Indianapolis 500 debut, raced a one-off Indy Lights race in Houston in October, a one-off GP2 race in Malaysia in March, and won the MRF Challenge Championship in India over the winter.

After three seasons in GP3, Daly is at a bit of a crossroads. Options include working to secure the budget to advance into GP2 or the World Series by Renault full-time in Europe, or a move back Stateside, permanently, to race full-time in IndyCar. Daly made the rounds at a handful of non-conflicting IndyCar weekends this year.

As Daly tweeted earlier Monday, finding funding for the two European open-wheel series is proving a challenge. He was not able to scrounge enough together for a single day’s worth of testing for GP2.

Penske, DXC Technology continue on Pagenaud’s IndyCar

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Team Penske and DXC Technology will renew their partnership for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. DXC joined Penske in 2017, serving as a primary sponsor for six races on Simon Pagenaud’s No. 1 Team Penske Chevrolet.

In re-upping with Penske, DXC will again adorn Pagenaud’s entry – switching back to the No. 22 in 2018, with teammate Josef Newgarden carrying the champion’s No. 1 – for six races, the first being the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April.

“Team Penske is excited to grow the partnership with DXC Technology for 2018,” said team owner Roger Penske via a release. “This is a technology-dependent sport and we were able to integrate DXC into our INDYCAR program this season and we will be ready to take our performance, and hopefully our results, to the next level with them in 2018.”

Pagenaud echoed Penske’s sentiments, adding that team and sponsor share a common philosophy that drives them forward. ““I enjoyed working with DXC Technology and representing their brand this past season. DXC Technology shares a similar philosophy with us at Team Penske, which is to strive for excellence. We are very proud to work together relentlessly toward further limits in our respective industries. We were excited to get a win with them in Sonoma and everyone at Team Penske wants to build on that as we welcome them back for 2018.”

DXC president, chairman, and CEO Mike Lawrie also highlighted Penske’s reputation as a point of interest to continue their partnership.

“Our partnership with Team Penske provides a great opportunity for DXC Technology,” said Lawrie. “Performance and reputation make Team Penske the type of organization with which we want to align. Like us, they strive for excellence in everything they do and work diligently to provide value for both sides of the relationship.”

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The DXC partnership extension is one of several Team Penske has announced in recent weeks, which are as follows on the IndyCar program:

  • REV Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands serving the commercial, fire and emergency and recreational markets, will continue as a full-season associate sponsor on the No. 1 of Josef Newgarden and the No. 3 of Helio Castroneves during the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 during the month of May.
  • Fitzgerald Glider Kits, North America’s leading truck glider kit assembler, will also continue as an associate sponsor with a presence on Newgarden’s No. 1 Chevrolet throughout next season.
  • Miller Lite, Discount Tire, Alliance Truck Parts, Wurth Group and Auto Club of Southern California and AAA have extended with Team Penske’s NASCAR programs.

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