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Conor Daly to Drive for Carlin at Texas

NTT IndyCar Series veteran Conor Daly will drive for Carlin Motorsport at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, the team announced Tuesday, June 4.

Daly will pilot the team’s No. 59 entry normally driven by Max Chilton.

“I want to thank everyone at Carlin and Gallagher for the opportunity to get back in a race car at Texas,” Daly said in a team release. “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Carlin back in 2011 as I started my European racing journey, and to now drive for them in the NTT IndyCar Series is pretty special.”

Chilton announced that he will be stepping away from oval racing in the series for the remainder of 2019; no substitute has been announced other than for Texas.

“I would like to thank Gallagher (Daly’s sponsor) for being supportive of my decision to not compete in the remaining oval races this season,” Chilton said. “I am extremely fortunate to have such a supportive partner.”

Daly is coming off a 10th-place effort in the Indianapolis 500 two weeks ago, having driven the No. 25 for Andretti Autosport in a one-off for the team.

The driver returns to Carlin after having been a part of the team’s stable in 2011 in the European GP3 series.

This will be Daly’s sixth IndyCar team, having one podium finish to his name — a second-place effort at Belle Isle in 2016 for Dale Coyne Racing.

Chilton failed to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500, following that up with his announcement of stepping away from ovals.

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Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Entercom Richmond's radio station. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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