Daly “looking forward to taking on the next opportunities that await” following departure from ECR

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After three and a half years at Ed Carpenter Racing, Conor Daly and the team have mutually agreed to part company.

The 31-year-old American hasn’t had the easiest of spells with ECR. A fifth place finish at last year’s GMR Grand Prix was the best result during his period with the squad.

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Teammate Rinus VeeKay has secured a win and three podiums in that space of time. The Dutchman also finished ahead in the championship in 2020, 2021 and 2022, and he was also in front in the 2023 standings before today’s news.

Speaking after the news was confirmed, Daly is looking forward to the next step in his Motorsport journey.

“Although we’ve mutually decided that it’s in our best interests to take different paths, I’d like to thank ECR for the past three and a half seasons.

“I’m grateful to everyone who has supported me – past, present and into the future. I look forward to taking on the next opportunities that await, and I want to thank the fans for being with me on this ride.”

Team owner Ed Carpenter also gave his thoughts as one of IndyCar’s most popular drivers departs the team.

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Carpenter admitted this is the toughest decision he’s ever faced as a boss, but he conceded that the performance of the team must come first.

“This is the most difficult decision I have made as a team owner because I respect Conor and know what he means to INDYCAR and its fans.

“Our team has not been performing at the level we are capable of this year, and despite making technical changes and investments in the offseason, 2023 has been extremely challenging.

“I have put a great deal of consideration into the current state of our team and realise it is my obligation to our employees, partners, and supporters to do whatever is necessary to elevate our team’s competitiveness.

“We sincerely wish Conor continued success and will cheer him on wherever he goes next.”

There has been no announcement yet about who will drive the No.20 at Road America.

However, there is a strong suggestion that Swede Lindus Lundqvist will take Daly’s seat. He is due to be testing for the team tomorrow.