Daly to replace Chaves again at Mid-Ohio

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Daly to replace Chaves again at Mid-Ohio
By: Tom Errington
Jul 24, 2018, 1:06 PM

Conor Daly will continue in the #88 Harding Racing car for IndyCar’s Mid-Ohio race, extending regular driver Gabby Chaves’s spell on the sidelines. 

Conor Daly, Harding Racing Chevrolet
Conor Daly, Harding Racing Chevrolet
Conor Daly, Harding Racing Chevrolet
Conor Daly, Harding Racing Chevrolet
Conor Daly, Harding Racing Chevrolet
Conor Daly, Harding Racing Chevrolet

Daly lost his full-time IndyCar seat with AJ Foyt Racing at the end of 2017 and made an Indianapolis 500 one-off attempt before he replaced Chaves for Toronto. 

A 13th place finish on the Toronto street course meant Daly gave Harding its best result of the year before he and Chaves both conducted testing at Mid-Ohio. 

The team has now confirmed that Daly will continue in place of Chaves as Harding evaluates its 2019 driver line-up while attempting to expand to become a two-car outfit. 

“After the progress made during the Toronto race weekend, we had another successful outing in Mid-Ohio with Conor Daly," said team president Brian Barnhart. 

"Based on that and in the interest of continuity and moving forward, we are going to run Conor again this weekend for the Honda Indy 200. 

“We still appreciate Gabby’s cooperation and interaction because he is still very much involved with downloads, team debriefs and dialogue. 

“In our search for more information and improvement, this will be our direction for Mid-Ohio, with an eye towards the future.”

Chaves has a contract in place for 2019 and Daly is unable to complete the remainder of the current season due to his planned NASCAR Xfinity debut at Road America on August 25, which clashes with Gateway.

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Series IndyCar
Event Mid-Ohio
Location Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Drivers Conor Daly , Gabby Chaves
Teams Harding Racing
Author Tom Errington
Article type Breaking news