Carlin has announced that Conor Daly will drive its #59 Chevrolet-powered entry in four IndyCar oval events this year, deputising for Max Chilton.
Chilton had already been confirmed in the car for all of the road and street course events, plus the Indianapolis 500, with Daly now filling in for Texas, Richmond, Iowa, and Gateway.
The deal comes after Daly was already announced for the road and street course for Ed Carpenter Racing, sharing an entry with team boss Ed Carpenter – who will continue to compete in oval events. Daly will also drive an additional entry for ECR at Indy.
“We are back to full time IndyCar competition,” Daly said in a social media post. “[I] Have to first of all thank Ed Carpenter for letting me do this. It’s been a tough couple years having to watch a lot of racing from the sidelines. [It] Means so much to have this chance.”
Daly’s last full-time IndyCar campaign came in 2017 when he saw out the season with AJ Foyt Enterprises. His best result in the series to-date came the season before when racing for Dale Coyne when he finished second in the first Detroit race.
Carlin’s other full-time entry remains unfilled with just days remaining before the season opener in St Petersburg this weekend. Brazilian duo Sergio Sette Camara and Felipe Nasr tested the car over the winter and had been expected to share the seat.
Sette Camara was confirmed as the Red Bull Formula 1 team’s test and reserve driver for this season, making it unclear whether sharing that seat with Nasr will go ahead.