Chilton steps away from ovals; Daly to replace him at Texas

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Chilton steps away from ovals; Daly to replace him at Texas


Chilton steps away from ovals; Daly to replace him at Texas


Conor Daly will pilot the No.59 Carlin entry at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend in place of Max Chilton, who has elected to step away from ovals for the remainder of the season.

“I want to thank everyone at Carlin and Gallagher for the opportunity to get back in a race car at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Daly, who raced with Carlin in GP3 in 2011. “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Carlin back in 2011 as I started my European racing journey, and to now drive for them in the NTT IndyCar Series is pretty special. I look forward to being able to contribute to the team as best I can.”

Chilton, who will remain in the seat for the road and street races, expressed his appreciation to his sponsor for supporting his decision not to race on ovals, but applauded the work being carried out by the series in the pursuit of improved safety.

“I would like to thank Gallagher for being supportive of my decision to not compete in the remaining oval races this season – I am extremely fortunate to have such a supportive partner,” said the Briton, whose oval future had been the subject of intense rumors during the off-season.

“Risk management is a central consideration of both Gallagher and myself in how we operate. I’m excited and pleased by the outstanding proactive work being done by IndyCar around driver safety and the innovation of the solution developed in partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies that has created a new aero screen.

“The innovative solution will be the most advanced single-seater driver head protection in the world and will be introduced in 2020. My focus remains on getting the best possible results for the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin crew, and I will be helping the team and Conor in any way I can to that end.”

Chilton’s decision echoes that of compatriot Mike Conway, who dropped ovals late in 2012 while driving for A.J. Foyt Racing. He continued to race in IndyCar at road and street events for RLL, Coyne and ECR until the end of 2014.