Carlin Firms Up More IndyCar Outings in 2020
By Christopher DeHarde
Trevor Carlin’s NTT IndyCar Series team has finally secured a few more races between its two cars for the 2020 IndyCar season.
Max Chilton is the team’s scheduled driver for all road and street courses in the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet plus the Indianapolis 500. However, there are still four oval races that needed a driver to fill in for Chilton.
Enter Conor Daly. The Noblesville, Indiana native raced for Carlin last year at Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Pocono Raceway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Daly will race for Carlin in the No. 59 entry at all the non-Indianapolis ovals this season, which will also be at Texas, Iowa, Gateway but now includes Richmond International Raceway instead of Pocono.
Carlin’s decision to take on Daly for those four races means that the 2010 Indy Pro 2000 champion will be a full time IndyCar driver for the first time since 2017. Since then, Daly has relied on part time rides with teams of varying capabilities. In the other 13 races on the 2020 IndyCar schedule, Daly will be behind the wheel of the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet on all road and street courses plus a third car for ECR in the Indianapolis 500.
The team’s No. 31 entry has also been the source of much speculation. Sergio Sette Camara was one driver heavily courted, but a recent call from Red Bull to be their reserve driver for the Formula One team has left the seat open to fellow Brazilian Felipe Nasr, who has been confirmed for the season-opening race this coming Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg.
No driver has been announced in the 31 car for the rest of the season.
Nasr raced in Formula One for Sauber in 2015 and 2016 before moving to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning the Prototype title on debut and finishing second in the DPi class in 2019.
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be Sunday, March 15th with the NBCSN broadcast starting at 2:30 p.m. ET.