Conor Daly will race full-time in IndyCar for Ed Carpenter Racing this year after the team landed a new sponsorship deal with a cryptocurrency mining company.
Daly played the full IndyCar season in 2021, but split duties between Team Carpenter and Carlin, contesting oval events for the latter.
Carpenter has announced a « multi-year » deal with BitNile that will see Daly drive his number 20 car in all 17 races of this year’s championship, which kicks off in St Petersburg next month.
Daly placed 18th in the championship last year. The team later announced that it had lost support from the US Air Force which had sponsored Daly’s car in 2021.
This year will be the first time Daly has contested every round of the IndyCar Series for the same team since his 2017 stint at Foyt. « Being chosen to represent BitNile is without a doubt one of the most important opportunities of my career, » he said.
“This is an amazing partnership that we look forward to strengthening and growing as we can win races together.”
In addition to being the title sponsor of Daly’s car, BitNile will be an associate sponsor of Carpenter’s number 21 entry driven by Rinus VeeKay. Carpenter led cryptocurrency sponsorship, Bitcon, on VeeKay’s car at the Indianapolis 500 last year.
Team owner Ed Carpenter will drive a third car for the team at this year’s Indy 500. He’s wondering if he’ll race the other four oval races on the schedule, which will be in Texas, Gateway and a double in Iowa.
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