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Conor Daly Making NASCAR Debut at Road America

Roush Fenway Racing announced Friday (May 11) that they will run three cars in the XFINITY Series’ Johnsonville 180 at Road America on August 25 as IndyCar driver Conor Daly will make his NASCAR debut in a Lilly Diabetes-sponsored Ford Mustang, the No. 6.

The team teased the announcement all day Thursday on Twitter and Instagram with a series of polls featuring trivia about their mystery driver.

Like RFR’s full-season driver of the No. 16, Ryan Reed, Daly is also a diabetic, and had previously worked with Lilly Diabetes during the 2016 Indy 500.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to be partnered again with Lilly Diabetes and to be able to drive a Jack Roush Ford,” Daly said in a press release. “I’ve raced at Road America almost every year since I was 16 and have won there. I have driven almost every form of car, but this will be my first stock car experience. I’ve been an avid follower of NASCAR and have been friends with Ryan for a long time and been to many races to support him.”

Daly, 26, from Noblesville, Ind., drove full-time in the IndyCar Series from 2016-17 for Dale Coyne Racing and A.J. Foyt Enterprises, and has competed in four Indy 500s with a best finish of 22nd in 2013. His best IndyCar finish was second at Detroit Race 1 in 2016.

In addition to being a full-season primary sponsor for Reed and backing Daly in his stock-car debut, Lilly Diabetes will also be on the RFR No. 60 at Road America, with Ty Majeski behind the wheel.

“Lilly Diabetes has done so much for me and I’m excited to have them represented in full force at Road America,” Reed said in a press release. “Conor and I have been friends for a while, and this is awesome that we’ll get to compete together as teammates. I can’t wait to see him behind the wheel of one of our XFINITY cars.”

Daly competed with fellow IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi on season 30 of The Amazing Race in 2017, finishing fourth overall out of 11 teams after winning four legs.

Daly took first place in the Star Mazda Championship in 2010, and has also competed in Indy Lights, the GP2 Series, GP3 Series, and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

About the author

Wesley has been with Fronstretch since October 2017. He loves well-told stories in whatever format he finds them. Aside from NASCAR, he enjoys reading, country music and OKC Thunder basketball. He has a BA in Liberal Arts/English and currently lives in eastern Oklahoma, where he works as a freelance writer/editor.

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