The follow-up to Conor Daly’s Indianapolis 500 run with Andretti Autosport will see the part-time driver conclude his 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season with the rest of the paddock at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey finale.
The addition of the No. 25 U.S. Air Force Honda for the Indiana native will cause Michael Andretti’s team to swell to the size of Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske combined — not counting the affiliated Harding Steinbrenner Racing car — for the first Indy car race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 15 years.
Daly qualified 11th and finished 10th — career-best results — in his first Andretti outing this past May. His history of 11 top-10 results in 46 IndyCar starts tells the Andretti team there’s a 24% chance Daly will be helpful in accomplishing its top task at Laguna Seca: keeping points from Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon and securing Alexander Rossi’s first championship.
The season finale will be Daly’s one and only non-oval start of 2019 and cap off a six-race campaign predominantly comprised of contesting the four post-Indianapolis ovals with Carlin, standing in for Max Chilton. Daly has finished 11th at Texas Motor Speedway and 13th at Iowa Speedway so far driving the No. 59 Chevrolet.
“Conor was a great addition during the month of May and being able to continue this great partnership with the Air Force at the series’ season finale is another special opportunity to show our support and honor the brave men and women serving our nation,” Michael Andretti said.
The Laguna Seca weekend will wrap up the 2019 season Sept. 20–22.