“Team IndyCar” Reunited For Indy 500, With Andretti Bringing All American Team To Month of May

INDIANAPOLIS – With the announcement that Conor Daly will drive the fifth entry for Andretti Autosport for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, it reunites “Team IndyCar” under the same banner.

Last winter, Daly and Alexander Rossi were teammates competing on the CBS hit show The Amazing Race. Unfortunately for Daly, while he was overseas promoting the series on the show, his ride that he thought he had with AJ Foyt Racing was gone.

Foyt, went a different direction and Daly didn’t find out until he returned late in the fall. It didn’t give him much time to find another destination to land with for 2018.

Last year, he ran the Indy 500 and ironically enough, started alongside of Rossi to begin the race. This year, they’ll be on the same team as teammates once again, this time on the race track.

The two are close friends and carry the “America” banner nicely. A third teammate in Marco Andretti is also a close friend of Daly as well, as this team has the capability of being what Andretti Autosport used to be in the mid 2000s with Bryan Herta, Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon.

“Yeah, I really believe that,” Michael Andretti said on this year’s team being like the ones of the 2000s. “It has a lot of that same feel for sure. You can just feel the way all the guys are when they’re in the same room together, you can feel that camaraderie, things like that, so yes.”

In fact, all five drivers with Andretti this May will be America with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Zach Veach also part of the organization.

That’s what makes this team close knit. A family per say. That was the word of the teleconference. “Family.”

Andretti, admitted that he’s been trying to get Daly for the last few years and believes in him.

“We’re really excited about it,” said Andretti. “We’ve been working for quite a few years to try to figure out how we can get Conor into our family.”

See. The word “family.” He continues on.

“We highly rate him as a driver,” Andretti continued. “We think Conor will fit in here perfectly with all the other teammates that he’s going to have.

“We started working on this a while ago. I’m just so excited we’ve been able to get it together and end up bringing Air Force on, as well, the U.S. Air Force, which is really, really exciting.

“I think we have something unique having five American drivers on the same team at the Indianapolis 500 is something that’s very exciting. Is great to have the U.S. Air Force to be a part of it.

“We’re really excited about it. We think Conor is going to do a great job for us, have a real shot at the win.”

He didn’t stop there with the family references. He said that he’d like to have Daly in the car for even more races and mentioned that close word again.

“That would be great,” Andretti said of keeping him for more races than the ‘500. “I think we’ve already talked about it, working on a few things. I think it’s a real possibility. We’d love to still keep him in the family not just for the one race. Hopefully we can work something out. Comes down to obviously sponsorship. But we are working on a few different things. We’ll see.”

This will only make AA even more popular with the fans. The organization has won two of the last three Indy 500’s and three of the last five overall.

 

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