Carpenter signs Daly for a full-time ride in 2022 IndyCar

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Daly, who drove the #20 car on the road and street courses for the past two seasons while team owner Ed Carpenter competed on the ovals, will now take over the drive for the entire 2022 season.

Daly’s future on the team was left up in the air when ECR lost the endorsement of the US Air Force, but the team has now struck a deal with cryptocurrency company BitNile Holdings to sponsor Daly for the entire season.

It will be Daly’s first full-time ride with the same team since his 2017 campaign with AJ Foyt Racing, having split duties between ECR and Carlin in 2020 and 2021.

Daly will partner Dutchman Rinus VeeKay, who remains on board for a third season in the #21 machine, while the team will expand to three entries for Ed Carpenter at May’s Indy 500.

The team said details of Carpenter’s participation in the remaining three IndyCar oval races “may come at a later date.”

“Being chosen to represent BitNile is without a doubt one of the biggest opportunities of my career,” said Daly, 30, who has 80 IndyCars and eight Indy 500s in his career.

“This is an incredible partnership that we look forward to strengthening and growing as we move forward together after winning races. Being able to return to Ed Carpenter Racing for the full season is incredible.

Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet

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“I haven’t had the opportunity to be with a team for the whole year since 2017, for which I am very, very grateful. I have a lot of faith in ECR and every year we continue to improve together. I couldn’t be more excited to hit the road in the BitNile Chevrolet.”

Team owner Carpenter added: “I am extremely proud to welcome BitNile to the ECR family. It is exciting to be able to expand our team’s involvement in Bitcoin culture after running the Bitcoin car last May. [for VeeKay in the Indy 500].

“We will also be representing some other exciting brands within BitNile Holdings as the year progresses, so there is more to come.”

The #20 ECR car was the last major seat up for grabs for the 2022 IndyCar season, which begins February 27 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

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