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Conor Daly to make NASCAR debut at Road America

IndyCar racer Conor Daly will join Roush Fenway Racing to pilot a third Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America this August, the team announced Friday.

The 26-year-old, an IndyCar Series regular the past two seasons, will try his hand at stock car racing in his first NASCAR national series start when the the series hits Wisconsin later this summer. Daly finished 18th each of the past two IndyCar campaigns, driving last year for team owner A.J. Foyt.

Conor Daly's paint scheme for Road America

Daly will join Ryan Reed and Wisconsin native Ty Majeski in Roush’s lineup for the event. Daly, like Reed, competes at the highest levels of racing while managing his Type 1 diabetes. Lilly Diabetes will sponsor all three cars.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to be partnered again with Lilly Diabetes and to be able to drive a Jack Roush Ford,” Daly said in a team release. “I’ve raced at Road America almost every year since I was 16 and have won there. I have driven almost every form of car, but this will be my first stock car experience. I’ve been an avid follower of NASCAR and have been friends with Ryan for a long time and been to many races to support him.”

Daly and others, including Reed, made the announcement together at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Roush Fenway Racing Twitter account began plugging a “mystery driver” Thursday on the social media platform, offering a series of hints to drum up intrigue prior to the official announcement Friday.

“Lilly Diabetes has done so much for me and I’m excited to have them represented in full force at Road America,” Reed said of the triple sponsorship for Road America. “Conor and I have been friends for a while and this is awesome that we’ll get to compete together as teammates. I can’t wait to see him behind the wheel of one of our Xfinity cars.”

Tune in Saturday, Aug. 25 to watch Daly make his NASCAR debut at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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