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Yesterday Carlin Racing announced that Conor Daly will drive car 59 at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, replacing Max Chilton. Chilton, who failed to qualify for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 last month, will not drive in any of the four remaining oval races- Texas, Iowa, Pocono, or Gateway- this season, citing “risk management”concerns.
Daly drove for Andretti Autosport in the 500, qualifying 11th and finishing 10th. As of now, this is a one race deal with Carlin. Drivers for the other ovals will be announced later.
The Texas entry list:
I believe it is a driver’s right to choose which races he wishes to enter. Like Mike Conway, Chilton feels that ovals are not worth the risk to him. I respect his decision to step out of the car for these races.