Conor Daly’s Smithfield Foods “Fueled by Bacon” special revealed at IMS

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Conor Daly announced a week ago at Barber Motorsports Park he would be returning to the Indianapolis 500 in 2015 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

This morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daly’s livery and sponsor on his No. 43 Honda was revealed, and it’s a good one.

Smithfield Foods, which serves as primary sponsor of Aric Almirola’s No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will serve as primary sponsor of the “Fueled by Bacon” special for Daly in this year’s ‘500.

Founded in Smithfield, Virginia in 1936, this global food company is the world’s largest provider of high-quality pork products.

“Motorsports has proven to be a dynamic and productive marketing tool for our brands; we have brought our associations to the store and fans have responded phenomenally,” Bob Weber, Smithfield vp of corporate marketing said in a release.

“IndyCar represented the next horizon for us, and our partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and driver Conor Daly, whom I have monitored since his days in karting, is a very special opportunity. I’m not sure how we could make our debut into this sport at a better venue than at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing!”

A couple photos from the car reveal were posted to Twitter this morning; Daly completed his refresher course earlier today.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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