TORONTO – (July 12, 2018) The Verizon IndyCar Series and Harding Racing team will travel internationally to Toronto, Canada for the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend. Beginning Friday, Conor Daly will pilot the #88 Chevrolet powered car along the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary street circuit through Downtown Toronto.
This will be Harding Racing’s first race with the 26 year-old American at the wheel. Daly has 40 starts in five seasons in the Verizon IndyCar Series. This weekend he hopes to match or surpass his best VICS start which was at the Honda Indy Toronto in 2016 where he qualified seventh.
“Super excited to get going on track,” said Conor Daly. “The Toronto track is one that I love and have been able to race here three times before. I’m just happy to have the opportunity to work with Harding Racing and see how we can put some building blocks in place to have a good Chevrolet powered race car and race at the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday.”
“The Harding Racing team is hoping for a solid weekend here in Toronto where we’re back on the temporary street circuits,” said Brian Barnhart. “We’ve made a few changes on the team where we’re looking for a different perspective. We are hoping to see some improvements with our performance relating to the car with Conor Daly taking Gabby’s seat for this weekend. We’re happy to have Gabby on board and thankful to have him secured for the long-term future, but the challenges of being a single car team in this Verizon IndyCar Series are enormous. We just felt it would be a good time to try a different perspective and get a little different feedback from the engineering group and hopefully that can move our whole team together forward.”
Verizon IndyCar Series on-track action will start this Friday at 10:40 a.m. ET. Follow all timing and scoring on racecontrol.indycar.com and youtube.com/INDYCAR. Green flag will be Sunday, July 15, at 3:42 p.m. with NBC Sports coverage starting at 3:00 p.m.
About Harding Racing
Indianapolis based Harding Racing made its Verizon INDYCAR Series debut at the 2017 Indianapolis 500. The team is led by Mike Harding owner and president of Harding Group, a concrete and asphalt paving company based in Indianapolis. Brian Barnhart is team president of Harding Racing and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. serves the team as executive consultant. In addition to their ninth-place finish in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, the team competed at Texas Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway, finishing fifth and fifteenth respectively. The team currently competes full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series.