Dale Coyne Racing with Thom Burns Racing has confirmed an entry for Conor Daly in this year’s Indianapolis 500.
Daly will drive the No.17 U.S. Air Force-sponsored Honda as he attempts to make his fifth career Indy 500 start. The Thom Burns Racing entry is the third for the DCR team alongside full-time entries driven by Sebastien Bourdais and rookie Pietro Fittipaldi
“We’re very happy to have Conor Daly back with us for the Indy 500,” said DCR team owner Dale Coyne. “Conor has done a great job for us in the past and we hope to continue that this year at IMS. We also very much look forward to working with Thom Burns Racing and we’re extremely pleased and honored to be partnered and representing the United States Air Force.”
Burns, who owns an Indianapolis-based property development company, is launching Thom Burns Racing after partnering with several Indianapolis 500 entries over the past 30 years. Burns has been involved since 1987 with entries for 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier, 1996 IndyCar co-champion Scott Sharp, Steve Chassey, Dominic Dobson and Jeff Andretti. Burns also was instrumental in forming CART team PacWest Racing with Bruce McCaw in the 1990s.
Today we can finally announce that I have the pleasure of representing the @usairforce @USAFRecruiting in the #17 @ThomBurnsRacing with @DaleCoyneRacing Honda in the 2018 #Indy500. As an American, this is a great honor and I couldn’t be more proud to drive this beauty. #USAF pic.twitter.com/azrjl5WN0O
— Conor Daly (@ConorDaly22) March 6, 2018
Daly, who had four top-10s in 2017 with AJ Foyt Racing, returns to a DCR team he raced with in 2016, scoring a career-best second in Race 1 at Detroit.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to represent the Air Force at the Indianapolis 500,” Daly said. “Memorial Day Weekend is an incredible time of appreciation for those who serve our country. I can’t thank Dale Coyne enough for having me back on the team and Thom Burns enough for bringing this program together with the Air Force to give us a fighting chance at the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
“In conjunction with an incredible team of people at Dale Coyne Racing that I’ve had the pleasure of working with before, I think we will have a great opportunity to shine.”