No major surprise and a small bit of good news/consolation for Conor Daly after his failure to start in the 99th Indianapolis 500 – he’ll get a mulligan and race in the No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda at this weekend’s Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to fill in for my close friend James this weekend,” Daly said in a release. “I definitely want to thank Arrow Electronics, Lucas oil and all the team sponsors for giving me this shot. I can’t wait to continue working with the Schmidt Peterson guys and do the best job I can to keep James’ seat warm.”
The team has not confirmed plans for the No. 5 car beyond the Detroit races at this time.
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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