Indianapolis, Ind. (August 20, 2018) Conor Daly and the #88 Harding Racing Chevrolet finished the ABC Supply 500 in 15th place after qualifying 22nd. A multi-car accident occurred on Lap 7 after the second restart of the race, and Daly was able to bypass the wreckage to stay clean. After an extended red flag, the race resumed and the 26-year old remained consistent until he was forced to retire early due to contact with the wall on lap 166.
“It was obviously a tough day for us,” said Conor Daly. “We had to go into the race with almost no track time, so it was a big guess. At every stop we put in a lot of front wing. We just kept trying to adjust, and we were maintaining a decent spot for where we were on track. I had one chance to pass someone for position and went for it but had no front grip at all and then clipped the wall. It’s a shame. You hate to end your day like that. Thankfully the car wasn’t badly damaged, just small stuff. I would love another shot at it because I think there are some positives to our car and some positives to what we have. I just don’t think we had enough time to evaluate everything.”
“Well most importantly coming out of Pocono, our thoughts and best wishes are with Robert Wickens after his terrifying accident,” said Brian Barnhart. “From the Harding Racing perspective and what took place, we had a frustrating weekend. We had a mechanical issue in the first practice session and on a two-day show that puts you further behind the eight ball. We played catch up all weekend long and as much as we tried to work on the car on Saturday, we just couldn’t get the understeer out of the car. Conor did a fantastic job for us. We’ve been really pleased with what he’s done on a street circuit as well on a permanent road course and now on a superspeedway. Unfortunately, we just didn’t give him the best handling car due to a real lack of track time after the final practice was rained out.”