INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis 500 veteran Conor Daly will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May with Andretti Autosport, piloting the No. 25 U.S. Air Force Honda.
Daly completes a five-driver, all-american Indy 500 lineup, joining teammates Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Zach Veach at the team that has won the Greatest Spectacle in Racing five times.
“I couldn’t be prouder to represent the Air Force for a second consecutive year at the Indianapolis 500,” said Daly. “I would not be here without the effort from everyone at Andretti Autosport to make sure this program is structured for success. It means a lot to see the commitment that Air Force has shown in me, and the chance to have a shot at winning the biggest race in the world.”
Daly holds five previous starts at the famed 2.5-mile oval, with a best starting position of 22nd. The second-generation racer holds wins in both Indy Lights and the Pro Mazda (now Indy Pro 2000) series and claimed the 2010 Pro Mazda championship.
Daly holds 43 career IndyCar Series starts and 10 top-10 finishes.
*“To be teamed with some of my best friends at undoubtedly one of the best teams on the grid is going to be a lot of fun,” Daly added. “I’ve never had the chance to be on a team with multiple 500 winners so I am beyond excited to learn from them and ready to get to work.”
Additionally, the Air Force will become a full-season associate partner of Andretti Autosport, with branding across the four full-season entries of Rossi, Hunter-Reay, Andretti and Veach.
Capitalizing on teamwork is how the U.S. Air Force accomplishes its mission.
“This partnership closely correlates with how we fly, fight and win,” said Maj. Ross McKnight, Chief, Air Force National Events Branch at Air Force Recruiting Service. “We don’t send one aircraft to accomplish a mission, we build a strike package with multiple aircraft. The ability to sponsor Andretti Autosport’s five cars at the Indy 500 ties in greatly with how we accomplish our mission.”
“We’re really happy to welcome the Air Force to the Andretti family for the Indy 500 with Conor, and full season across all our cars,” added Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport. “Having five American drivers represent the team at America’s biggest race is very special and we’re proud to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women of the U.S. Air Force.”