Conor Daly Making NASCAR Xfinity Debut With Roush Fenway Racing At Road America

Roush Fenway Racing teased a second Lilly Diabetes car would join Ryan Reed at the Xfinity Series annual stop at Road America. Two Lilly Diabetes cars on track at the same time as if they’re Fastenal at the Coke 600 circa 2012. In the teaser picture, Roush put the outline of a generic driver. Unlike Ganassi, they didn’t use the same generic outline thus blowing their unveiling.


One other driver in North America is sponsored by Lilly Diabetes and coincidentally enough he has talked about doing NASCAR races in the future. The future is coming this summer for Conor Daly as the IndyCar driver and Indiana native will make his Xfinity debut for Roush Fenway Racing at Road America.

After losing his ride at AJ Foyt Racing following the 2017 season due in part to having split shops, poor results and no luck, Daly was unemployed.  Like any unemployed 26-year old he bought a condo and did a stint on The Amazing Race with Alexander Rossi kept him on everyone’s mind.

In the offseason, Daly spoke on Marshall Pruett’s “This Week In IndyCar” Podcast where he had this to say about NASCAR.

If no doors open for him in IndyCar, Daly said he has had discussions with Xfinity teams about competing in one of their three road course races. IndyCar visits Mid-Ohio and Road America and raced at Watkins Glen in 2016 and 2017, but is not on the 2018 schedule.

“I’d love to try and do NASCAR stuff,” Daly said. “I’ve been trying to talk to Xfinity Series teams about their road course races. I think that would be very entertaining. I think it would be a great idea.

“I obviously love my IndyCar family, but if there’s no possibilities there and there seems to be some chances to be had in the NASCAR world, then I’m certainly going to take it, because I want to drive anything that I can.”

Daly indicated he was certainly interested in checking out NASCAR. He becomes another driver on a long list of IndyCar drivers that will come over to NASCAR and give the old tin tops a try. Daly can drive a car, can he drive a stock car at a competitive level? The good news for him is Roush can set him up with really good equipment. Not Tagliani at Penske good but certainly better than the rides Andy Lally has been getting. Someone put Lally into a competitive car, he’ll win.

Daly made a visit to the NASCAR race at Las Vegas back in March where he met with Steve O’Donnell and hung out with the #16 team in the garage.

None of this is official. This is all connecting the dots but sometimes you gotta put your Big J journalist hat on and do some digging. Conor Daly is about to be a NASCAR Xfinity Series driver. Is his future in the Xfinity series? Maybe, Daly does love the Indy 500 but Lilly seems to love NASCAR. Ryan Reed is about to get Wally Pipp’d for his sponsorship while he’s still on track.

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