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Conor Daly to Make NASCAR Xfinity Series Debut at Road America

By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor

Over the past year, Conor Daly has been all over the map from his duties in the Verizon IndyCar Series to running in the 30th season of The Amazing Race.

Now he will try his hand at driving a stock car as it was announced on Friday that he will team up with Roush-Fenway Racing and Lilly Diabetes to drive the team’s No. 6 entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America on August 25.

“I’m a racing driver, and growing up, when you look back at sort of what I did from like, I guess, 2012 to 2015, I almost drove every single car you could drive except for a NASCAR,” Daly said. “I drove sports cars, I drove tin tops, I drove all kinds of different things and as a driver, I think you’re always driven to want more and want to try more. I think if you ask a lot of us here in this paddock in IndyCar, there’s a lot of guys who want to get out there at Road America, mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, stuff like that, because it is a very entertaining product.

“They’re really good drivers, the series is really competitive, and it just looks like a really good racing environment, like a good, proper race. We have an incredible product in the IndyCar Series, obviously, but so do they, certainly, on the road course side. So I was just excited to have that opportunity. I mean, road courses are my cup of tea, and that’s what I’d love to at least check out first before anything else.”

Daly will be joined by Ryan Reed and Ty Majeski in the three car Roush-Fenway effort on the 14-turn, 4.048 mile track and while it will be his first race experience in a stock car on the track, he has had prior experience in other series on the Wisconsin circuit.

The 26-year old Indiana native has made two prior IndyCar Series starts at the track, along with a win in the Pro Mazda Series and a runner-up finish in the Weathertech SportsCar Championship.

“I think we sort of just looked at all the road course races, and obviously we had to work with Roush and what worked best for them,” Daly added. “Road America certainly fit me. I mean, I won there in Skip Barber, won there in Pro Mazda, had a great race going there in 2016 in the IndyCar before we had a suspension failure, and I love that place. It’s an incredible track, incredible environment.”

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David Morgan is the Associate Editor for Motorsports Tribune. A 2008 graduate from the University of Mississippi, David has followed NASCAR since the early 90’s and became hooked at an early age after attending his first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993. He has traveled across the country since 2012 to cover some of the most prestigious events both IndyCar and NASCAR have to offer, with an aim to only expand on that in the near future.