Thursday, June 15, 2023

The First IndyCar Domino Falls

But who’ll be next on the IndyCar driver’s Merry-go-round?


By now, Y’all are painfully aware that IndyCar Fan favourite and Court Jester Conor Daly has been let go by “Mutual” agreement from Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) on June 7th. In what Racer’s Marshall Pruett called Inter-personal relationship “issues” being the reason for Daly’s Firing vs. His mid-pack finishing order. Whilst if I remember correctly? IndyStar’s Nathan Browne noted how Conor’s finished P17-18-17 Overall the past three seasons for ECR.


Have to say that initially, I was surprised over ECR announcing Ryan Hunter-Reay as Daly’s replacement the following day. Especially since ECR just so happened to be testing reigning Indy Lights Champion Linus Lundqvist and current Indy NXT driver Toby sowery on Sebring’s Short course.


But the move makes sense in the fact of Ed Carpenter wishing to tap into 42yr Old Hunter-Reay’s wealth of experience, technical feedback and team leadership abilities. Since neither Daly or teammate Rinus VeeKay have shone in these departments!


Hunter-Reay takes over the No. 20 entry beginning at Road America, after not being on a Road Course since 2021. And I believe that Pruett’s article also mentioned Carpenter saying His Team would be different in 2024. Meaning that RHR’s just a temporary solution?


The other Bit I find interesting, No Pun intended! Is that Bitnile, the team’s primary sponsor who Daly brought to ECR over a year ago is staying put. Making me think of Zach Veach bringing Gainbridge to Andretti Autosport, remember that Y’all?


Although I suppose that Bitnile and ECR have signed contracts for the year’s duration, and perhaps longer?


As the main question is where will conor land? Since I really cannot see anywhere in IndyCar, and His NASCAR Cup career hasn’t exactly been flattering. But may be He can find employment in Sports Cars? Or Gasp, refuge in the Craftsman PickemUp series?

Whale’, I certainly didn’t expect Conor to be making His debut for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR) in this weekend’s season opener Nitrocross event in Oklahoma!