Harding Racing confirmed earlier on Wednesday that Conor Daly will join the team as the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 from Pocono Raceway (1:30 p.m., NBCSN).
Daly previously contested the Honda Indy Toronto and the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio with the Harding squad, and Pocono will be his third consecutive race with the team.
“Having the chance to race at Pocono is really exciting for me, because it means as a team we’ll have had a chance to race at a road course, street course and superspeedway together,” Daly expressed in a team announcement.
He added, “It’ll be a new challenge for us to work through, and I can’t wait for it. Thankfully, after competing at the Indy 500 this year, I have some experience with the superspeedway aero package which gives me some more confidence heading into the weekend. The Chevrolet engine was obviously very strong at Indy, so I look forward to working with them alongside the Harding Racing boys yet again this year.”
Team president Brian Barnhart echoed Daly’s sentiments, adding that the team has seen good progress in recent weeks as it continues to evaluate driver options for the 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
“Harding Racing feels our second half of the season program has generated considerable benefits for us,” said Barnhart. “We’re going to continue that at Pocono Raceway in an effort to make sure that Conor had an opportunity to participate on all the disciplines that are included in the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. We would have done a street circuit, a permanent road course, and now a superspeedway with Conor when he runs at Pocono, and getting the feedback from him with each of those types of tracks is important for our future.”
Daly is also slated to make his NASCAR debut next weekend, in the Xfinity Series Johnsonville 180 with Roush Fenway Racing – he’ll drive the No. 6 Ford Mustang in a third entry for the team.
Given that the event will conflict with the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 from Gateway Motorsports Park (August 25, 8:00 p.m. on NBCSN), Harding will need to draft in a new driver for Gateway. Details about who will drive for them that weekend and beyond will be revealed at a later date.