Max Chilton quits IndyCar ovals, Conor Daly in at Texas06/05/2019
Max Chilton has decided to forgo the remaining IndyCar oval races for the 2019 season.
In an interesting mid-season plot twist, Max Chilton has decided to forgo the remaining NTT INDYCAR Series oval races and will be replaced this weekend in the Carlin No. 59 Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway by veteran Conor Daly.
Daly has previous experience with Carlin, having driven for the European organization back in 2011 during his GP3 stint. The 27-year-old is fresh off an impressive month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in which he finished 10th in the Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport.
“I want to thank everyone at Carlin and Gallagher for the opportunity to get back in a race car at Texas,” Daly said in a press release. ”I thoroughly enjoyed working with Carlin back in 2011 as I started my European racing journey and to now drive for them in the NTT IndyCar Series is pretty special. I look forward to being able to contribute to the team as best I can.”
Chilton is currently 23rd in the championship standings after failing to qualify for the Indy 500 in what was intended to be his fourth full-time season.
And while Chilton did not outright say it, his decision to skip the events at Texas, Iowa, Pocono and Gateway are inferred to center around driver safety.
INDYCAR has mandated the Advanced Frontal Protection device for all remaining races this season and will utilize a Red Bull developed windscreen in 2020.
“I would like to thank Gallagher for being supportive of my decision to not compete in the remaining oval races this season – I am extremely fortunate to have such a supportive partner. Risk Management is a central consideration of both Gallagher and myself in how we operate.
“I’m excited and pleased by the outstanding proactive work being done by INDYCAR around driver safety and the innovation of the solution developed in partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies that has created a new aero screen. The innovative solution will be the most advanced single seater driver head protection in the world and will be introduced in 2020. My focus remains on getting the best possible results for the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin crew and I will be helping the team and Conor in any way I can to that end.”
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