Indianapolis, Ind. (August 15, 2018) Conor Daly will return to the Harding Racing stable for the ABC Supply 500 weekend at Pocono Raceway starting on Saturday, August 18. The American will pilot the #88 Chevrolet for 200 laps around the ‘Tricky Triangle’, a three-turn superspeedway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania for 500 miles.
Daly recently drove for Harding Racing in the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and in the Honda Indy Toronto where his 13th place finish is the #88’s best so far this season. This coming weekend will be the team’s second race at Pocono Raceway and Daly’s third.
“Having the chance to race at Pocono is really exciting for me,” said Conor Daly. “Because it means as a team we’ll have had a chance to race at a road course, street course and superspeedway together. 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.”
“Harding Racing feels our second half of the season program has generated considerable benefits for us,” said Brian 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.”
Verizon IndyCar Series practice will start this Saturday, August 18, at 10:30 a.m. ET. NBC Sports will broadcast qualifying live starting at 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET. Green flag for the ABC Supply 500 will be Sunday, August 19 at 2:10 p.m. on NBC Sports.
About Harding Racing
Indianapolis based Harding Racing made its Verizon INDYCAR Series debut at the 2017 Indianapolis 500. The team is led by Mike Harding owner and president of Harding Group, a concrete and asphalt paving company based in Indianapolis. Brian Barnhart is team president of Harding Racing and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. serves the team as executive consultant. In addition to their ninth-place finish in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, the team competed at Texas Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway, finishing fifth and fifteenth respectively. The team currently competes full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
About Conor Daly
Conor Daly is a second-generation race car driver. He started racing go-karts as a 10 year-old where he won 19 races and two championships. Since then, he has competed in Europe in the GP3 and GP2 Formula One support series, the IndyLights Series, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Verizon IndyCar Series. Recently, he competed in the 102 nd Indianapolis 500 where he finished in 21 st position.