The month of May just got even more exciting for Conor Daly as the Indianapolis 500 competitor announced Friday he’s acquired sponsorship from Lilly Diabetes for the biggest Verizon IndyCar Series race of the year and a NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Road America.
Daly, last year’s most popular driver in IndyCar, will drive for Roush Fenway Racing in his NASCAR debut. He’ll drive the No. 6 DriveDownA1C.com Ford along fellow Lilly teammate Ryan Reed and Ty Majeski.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity to be partnered again with Lilly Diabetes and to be able to drive a Jack Roush Ford,” Daly said in a team release. “I’ve raced at Road America almost every year since I was 16 and have won there. I have driven almost every form of car, but this will be my first stock car experience. I’ve been an avid follower of NASCAR and have been friends with Ryan for a long time and been to many races to support him.”
Ryan Reed joined Daly for the announcement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Both drivers have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes but continue to compete at a high level.
“Lilly Diabetes has done so much for me and I’m excited to have them represented in full force at Road America,” Reed said. “Conor and I have been friends for a while and this is awesome that we’ll get to compete together as teammates. I can’t wait to see him behind the wheel of one of our Xfinity cars.”
Daly will drive for Thom Burns Racing in conjunction with his former team Dale Coyne Racing in the Indianapolis 500. He’ll drive the No. 17 Honda with sponsorship from both the U.S. Air Force and Lilly Diabetes. It will mark his fifth Indianapolis 500 attempt.
Daly’s NASCAR debut will be seen at Road America on Saturday, August 25.