Ed Carpenter Racing has introduced it has signed Conor Daly as a full-time driver in its #20 automobile for the 2022 IndyCar season.
Daly, who drove the #20 automobile on the street and road programs throughout the previous two seasons whereas crew proprietor Ed Carpenter contested the ovals, will now take over the entry for the whole 2022 season.
Daly’s future on the crew was thrown up within the air when ECR misplaced its backing from the U.S. Air Pressure, however the crew has now struck a take care of cryptocurrency firm BitNile Holdings to sponsor Daly for the whole season.
It will likely be Daly’s first full-time experience with the identical crew since his 2017 marketing campaign with A.J. Foyt Racing, having cut up duties between ECR and Carlin in 2020 and 2021.
Daly will accomplice Dutchman Rinus VeeKay, who stays on board for a 3rd season within the #21 machine, whereas the crew will broaden to 3 entries for Ed Carpenter at Might’s Indy 500.
The crew mentioned particulars of Carpenter’s participation in IndyCar’s three remaining oval races “could come at a later date”.
“Being chosen to characterize BitNile is indisputably one of the vital vital alternatives of my profession,” mentioned 30-year-old Daly, who has 80 IndyCar and eight Indy 500 begins to his identify throughout a stop-start profession.
Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
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“That is an unbelievable partnership that we look ahead to having the ability to strengthen and develop as we go after race wins collectively. To have the ability to come again to Ed Carpenter Racing for the total season is unbelievable.
“I haven’t had the prospect to be with one crew for the whole yr since 2017, so that is one thing I’m very, very grateful for. I’ve lots of religion in ECR and annually we proceed to get higher collectively. I couldn’t be extra excited to get on observe within the BitNile Chevrolet.”
Workforce proprietor Carpenter added: “I’m extraordinarily proud to welcome BitNile to the ECR household. It’s thrilling to have the ability to broaden our crew’s involvement within the tradition of Bitcoin after operating the Bitcoin automobile final Might [for VeeKay in the Indy 500].
“We may also characterize a couple of different thrilling manufacturers inside BitNile Holdings because the yr progresses, so there may be extra to come back.”
ECR’s #20 automobile was the final main seat up for grabs for the 2022 IndyCar season, which kicks off on 27 February on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.