INDIANAPOLIS – Conor Daly and Thom Burns Racing announced on Tuesday that they have joined forces to race in this May’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. They will get their car and resources from Dale Coyne Racing for their No. 17 Honda. But, with this being a one-off entry for this year’s race, track time for that entry between now and then will be limited.
The first time that the car will likely see the track will be on the opening day of practice on May 15. With that being said, it may not be the first time that Daly sees the track though.
There’s an open test on March 27 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval for all Verizon IndyCar Series teams. The only kicker to this test is that the session that day is for veterans only. No rookies will be able to participate. That means Coyne’s full time seat in the No. 19 Honda driven by Pietro Fittipaldi at Indy this May will need a driver. The other driver that Fittipaldi is sharing the car with in 2018 is Zachary Claman DeMelo. He too is a rookie.
So, Sebastien Bourdais can test the No. 18 Honda, but the two drivers in the No. 19 entry in 2018 are rookies and are ineligible. In comes Daly. He’s technically part of the team now and even said that the team is actually working with the series to get him in the car for that test.
“The test in March, rookies can’t run,” Daly said of his possibility of testing. “Dale wants to run me in the 19 car because technically I’m not a rookie. There’s a few things we’re trying to go through right now, rules or whatever. I’m not really sure. It makes sense to let me drive that car.”