Meyer Shank Racing has called up Conor Daly for this weekend’s IndyCar double-header at the Iowa oval as Simon Pagenaud remains unable to race.
For last weekend’s race on the streets of Toronto, MSR opted to hand an IndyCar debut to their IMSA driver Tom Blomqvist rather than utilise Daly’s services once again as Pagenaud continued his recovery. Blomqvist finished 25th in his first race.
As Blomqvist is back on IMSA duty this weekend, Daly became the logical option for MSR to turn to after confirmation came today that Pagenaud has still not been medically cleared to make a return to the cockpit.
“I’m thankful to Mike [Shank] and Jim [Meyer] to calling me up to fill in for Simon again this weekend in Iowa,” said Daly, who claimed pole at Iowa in 2020.
“Obviously I’m wishing him the best and hope that he gets well soon. Iowa has definitely become one of my favourite tracks in the last couple of years. Obviously I have qualified really well there – qualified on the pole and started in the top three the last two years.
“Hopefully we can replicate that qualifying performance, but also deliver in the race. The team does an incredible job to prepare the car, so we’re going to do our best for Simon again. We’ll do everything we can to score some more points for the team and I’m thankful to drive this number 60 car again.”
Pagenaud, the 2016 IndyCar champion, has now fallen to 25th in the standings and is on course for his lowest finish since his part-time campaign in 2011.
“With the care and recommendation of the IndyCar medical team who has been tremendous through this process, I have not been cleared to race Iowa,” Pagenaud confirmed in a statement. “I am working hard to get back to 100% and I hope to return to competition soon. Thank you for the continued support.”
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