The Times photo by Christopher DeHarde
Conor Daly exits pit lane for his very first practice laps at Indy in 2018. This year Daly will drive for Andretti Autosport as the team’s fifth entry for 2019.
The Times photo by Christopher DeHarde Conor Daly exits pit lane for his very first practice laps at Indy in 2018. This year Daly will drive for Andretti Autosport as the team’s fifth entry for 2019.
Noblesville native Conor Daly has had a lot on his plate the last nine months but it all has come good for the former Amazing Race contestant as he has signed with Andretti Autosport to complete a five-car all American lineup for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

Backed by the United States Air Force, the No. 25 Honda will attempt to qualify for the team that has won three of the last five Indianapolis 500s. This is Daly’s best shot at winning the 500, especially being teamed up with Zach Veach, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and 2006 Indianapolis 500 runner-up Marco Andretti.

“I couldn’t be prouder to represent the Air Force for a second consecutive year at the Indianapolis 500,” said Daly in a team statement. “I would not be here without the effort from everyone at Andretti Autosport to make sure this program is structured for success. It means a lot to see the commitment that Air Force has shown in me, and the chance to have a shot at winning the biggest race in the world.”  

Daly lost his ride at A.J. Foyt Racing after the 2017 NTT IndyCar Series season concluded and then competed on The Amazing Race with Rossi, placing fourth. After qualifying in last place for last year’s Indianapolis 500 in a car that was less than its best, Daly also raced for Harding Racing at a few more IndyCar races as well as a NASCAR XFINITY Series race and some midget races as well.

“Conor has been through a lot of adversity in his career,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “I think he's always shown when he would just jump in a car that he could be competitive right away. He tested for us in Indy Lights, did a really good job, had a lot of good races there as well, which is important. I know he's going to do a good job.”

The USAF backed the 2010 Indy Pro 2000 champion’s ride last year and is proud to be back with him again.

“We are very excited because there are so many common attributes, if you will, that we have between the Air Force and Andretti,” said Brig. General Jeannie Leavitt, commander of the USAF recruiting services. “When you talk about teamwork, when you talk about excellence, really going after the winning team. We are excited, and they're excited to be part of this partnership as we move forward.

“We are trying to engage with the American public, inspire that next generation to join our team to protect all that we hold dear in this country.”

The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 will go green on Sunday May 26th on NBC. The first NTT IndyCar Series race of the season is the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 10th.