You’ve never heard of Thom Burns Racing but you’re about to.
Local Indianapolis based businessman Thom Burns has formed the Thom Burns Racing team to field a car in the 2018 Indianapolis 500. The driver? None other than Indianapolis native Conor Daly making his 5th run at the 500. And we all thought it was going to Dale Coyne taking Indy’s favorite son in.
Daly might be the most pro-America driver in the history of racing so their sponsor makes complete sense. The United States Air Force will sponsor the #17 TBR Honda for the month of may, hoping Daly can place them in the field as bumping will return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2018. Take a look at the car below it is an absolute fire livery. Daly loves America, the USAF is America. It’s a match made in heaven. The only thing missing is Pat McAfee somewhere around the team during May Stone Colding whatever beer is sponsoring Barstool at the time screaming about ‘Merica. That’s the most American combo you can get.
Thom Burns returns to Indianapolis following the 2016 race when he teamed up with the Lazier family on their entry. Burns has a history with the 500, having fielded the likes of Dominic Dobson and Jeff Andretti in the early 1990s. His return to the sport was driven by a desire to participate in the 100th running of the 500. Once he hooked up with the Laziers, funding came flowing in. Now he is going at it alone thanks to secure funding from the USAF.
Burns also joins fellow Indianapolis businessman Mike Harding in forming a team to make a run at the Indy 500. This is a great trend to have for IndyCar and the health of the greatest spectacle in racing. By 2022 half of Indianapolis’ millionaires will be fielding cars sponsored by their respective businesses in the ultimate contest of bragging rights.
Conor Daly is back for the Indy 500. His season will start and end with the 500 but staying relevant is half the battle in racing. Thom Burns Racing gives him the opportunity to do that, all he has to do is capitalize on the opportunity and pull a Gabby Chaves circa 2017.
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