Verizon IndyCar Series competitor Conor Daly will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut, driving the No. 6 Lilly Diabetes Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing.
The opportunity comes through a cross-promotion partnership that will see Lilly Diabetes sponsor Daly’s NASCAR effort, as well as his Indianapolis 500 entry. The sponsorship fits perfectly with him, as he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 14.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity to be partnered again with Lilly Diabetes and to be able to drive a Jack Roush Ford,” said Daly. “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.”
In 39 career Verizon IndyCar Series races, Daly has a career-best runner-up in Detroit for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016. Prior to that, he scored three podiums in six Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires starts.
“I think you’re always driven to want more and want to try more, and I think if you ask a lot of us here in this paddock in IndyCar, there’s a lot of guys who want to get out there at Road America, mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, stuff like that, because it is a very entertaining product,” Daly added. “They’re really good drivers, the series is really competitive, and it just looks like a really good racing environment, like a good, proper race. We have an incredible product in the IndyCar Series, obviously, but so do they, certainly, on the road course side. So I was just excited to have that opportunity. I mean, road courses are my cup of tea, and that’s what I’d love to at least check out first before anything else.”
Lilly Diabetes is not new to Roush Fenway Racing, having supported Type 1 Diabetic Ryan Reed over the past five years. Reed, Daly, and their teammate Ty Majeski will all be carrying the red and white of Lilly Diabetes that weekend.
“Lilly Diabetes has done so much for me and I’m excited to have them represented in full force at Road America,” said Reed. “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.”
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