Conor Daly has proven himself already as a super sub. His 2019 NTT IndyCar Series opportunities have shown that he’s deserving of a full time seat for next season. Someone needs to take a chance on him. Daly’s shown Andretti Autosport that while it still being a longshot, that he has earned a ride with them for 2020 if Colton Herta doesn’t take it.
Daly, finished an impressive 10th in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 for them back in May. That has led to another shot in the No. 25 Honda with Air Force’s backing for the season finale in Laguna Seca with them.
The Noblesville native has also drove for Carlin this season at times as well. Daly, has made four starts in the No. 59 Chevrolet including a sixth place run just last weekend in Gateway.
Now, he will get a shot with a third team this week in Portland. Marcus Ericsson was summoned to Belgium to fulfill his role as a reserve driver with Alfa Romero which left a void within Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team.
See, Ericsson is still a reserve driver for the F1 team. When they need him, he goes. He tested earlier this season for the organization. But, with Kimi Raikkonen suffering a minor injury before this weekend’s race, they don’t know his status if he can run on Sunday or not. While the plan is for Raikkonen to still race, he hasn’t been in the car yet to test out his injury to see if that’s even possible. So, if he can’t go, Ericsson will replace him.
Due to Ericsson being overseas, SPM needed a driver. Whom better than Daly.
This isn’t the first time that he’s driven for them either. He subbed for James Hinchcliffe when the Canadian driver was injured back in 2015. He finished 19th and sixth respectively in Belle Isle and 12th in Toronto. He also made a brief start in the Indy 500 with them that year too.
But, this is another prime opportunity for Daly to show SPM and McLaren that he needs a look at one of their rides for next season. He’s already shown Carlin and Andretti what he can do, why not a third team?
Plus, Daly will close the season out with three final races with three different teams.