Conor Daly will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May piloting the No. 25 U.S. Air Force Honda with Andretti Autosport.
Daly completes a five-car line-up for the team, joining Andretti full-timers Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Zach Veach.
“I couldn’t be prouder to represent the Air Force for a second consecutive year at the Indianapolis 500,” said Daly. “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 holds five previous starts at the 500 with a best starting position of 23rd in 2015 with Dale Coyne Racing. His best finish of 21st came with the same team (albeit under the Thom Burns Racing banner) at last year’s race.
“To be teamed with some of my best friends at undoubtedly one of the best teams on the grid is going to be a lot of fun,” he said. “I’ve never had the chance to be on a team with multiple 500 winners so I am beyond excited to learn from them and ready to get to work.”
Additionally, the Air Force will become a full-season associate partner of Andretti Autosport with branding across the four full-season entries of Rossi, Hunter-Reay, Andretti and Veach.
“This partnership closely correlates with how we fly, fight and win,” said Maj. Ross McKnight, Chief, Air Force National Events Branch at Air Force Recruiting Service. “We don’t send one aircraft to accomplish a mission, we build a strike package with multiple aircraft. The ability to sponsor Andretti Autosport’s five cars at the Indy 500 ties in greatly with how we accomplish our mission.”
“We’re really happy to welcome the Air Force to the Andretti family for the Indy 500 with Conor, and full season across all our cars,” said Michael Andretti, CEO, Andretti Autosport. “Having five American drivers represent the team at America’s biggest race is very special and we’re proud to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women of the U.S. Air Force.”
“The Air Force is excited to partner with Andretti Autosport for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and the IndyCar Series,” said Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Air Force Recruiting Service Commander. “These types of events are amazing venues for engaging with future Airmen. Like Andretti Autosport, the Air Force is committed to leading edge technology, teamwork and excellence in all we do.”
Listen as Daly discusses his opportunity on The Week in IndyCar with Marshall Pruett: