Foyt Signs Conor Daly

Conor Daly is going back where it all began. AJ Foyt Racing announced today that the Noblesville driver will join their team for the 2017 season. Daly enters his second full-time season in the Verizon IndyCar Series on the heels of an impressive debut this past year with Dale Coyne Racing.

Conor will drive the No. 4 car, which has significant meaning to both Conor and AJ Foyt. It represents AJ’s four Indianapolis 500 wins, and is the same number that his step-father (and Indianapolis Motor Speedway President) Doug Boles had at Panther Racing. Boles was a founding partner and co-owner of the Panther team, and served as Chief Operating Officer from 1997 to 2006. “I always grew up cheering on the number 4 no matter who was driving it. The number means a lot to my family and I can’t wait to wear it proudly,” Conor said.

Back in 2013, Daly made his first IndyCar start on the biggest stage, with Foyt’s legendary team. He finished 22nd after starting 31st in that race, which is his best Indianapolis 500 result to date. Conor has started 22 IndyCar races, with his first podium finish coming this past year, when he finished second in the first dual race in Detroit.

That was just a glimpse of the season Daly would have in 2016. He had five top-six finishes, and led a total of 56 laps over the course of the year. That was more than established drivers like Tony Kanaan, Sebastien Bourdais, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, and Carlos Munoz.

 

“I am thrilled to be reunited with AJ Foyt Racing for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season,” Daly said. “AJ and Larry gave me my first chance at not only getting in an IndyCar for a test at Sebring, but also the greatest race in the world, the Indianapolis 500 in 2013. Now we get an opportunity to compete as a team for the full season and I couldn’t be happier. It will also be very special to me as an American to be in a red, white and blue ABC Supply machine.”

There have been massive changes at Foyt’s team after a dismal performance last season. Their cars finished 17th and 20th in the final standings, and neither driver managed to lead a single lap all year. For the team, 2017 is a clean slate. That begins today, as the team also announced that Carlos Munoz will be driving the No. 14 car alongside Daly. In addition to that, longtime sponsor ABC Supply Company has renewed their contract with the team for another two years.

With Chip Ganassi moving from Chevrolet to Honda, Foyt’s team now finds themselves on the other side of the fence. One hurdle that the crew will face is learning the Chevy aero kit. Both Munoz and Daly have only driven for Honda during their careers, so they too will have a learning curve to deal with.

In the team’s press release earlier today, it was stated that Daly’s program will operate out of their facility in Speedway, Indiana. Munoz’s program will be located in their shop in Texas.

The addition of Daly will go a long way in turning around this organization. With the usual tremendous support from ABC Supply Company, the team is focused on having a major turnaround in 2017.

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