Conor Daly has been named as replacement driver for the injured James Hinchcliffe for the seventh and eighth rounds of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series in Detroit this weekend.

The ex-GP2 and GP3 Series racer received the call-up after being forced out of the Indy 500 before the green flag when his Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s entry started smoking and caught fire when it developed a fuel leak.

Daly will take the wheel of the Arrow Electronics Honda powered entry in the Detroit double-header, which features 70-lap races on Saturday and Sunday on the Belle Isle street circuit.

Hinchcliffe continues to recover from injuries sustained to his upper thigh and pelvic region after being impaled by a piece of suspension in a horrifying practice shunt leading up to the Indy 500.

Conor Daly

Daly was a frustrated retiree before the Indy 500 even started.

Daly, who drove for the Schmidt Peterson outfit in Indy Lights in 2001, will continue his on-and-off appearances this season after standing in at the Long Beach Grand Prix in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry earlier in the year.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to fill in for my close friend James this weekend,” Daly said. “I can’t wait to continue working with the Schmidt Peterson guys and do the best job I can to keep James’ seat warm.”

Team co-owner Sam Schmidt said he was happy to give Daly another chance after he became the first retirement at the Indy 500.

“We’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen from him and after the bad luck at Indy, we’re pleased to give a young American rising star another opportunity to compete,” Schmidt said.

Daly takes over the #5 Honda-powered entry which was driven at the Indy 500 by Ryan Briscoe. The Australian started from the back of the grid and managed a solid twelfth-placed finish after being delayed in the first turn crash triggered by AJ Foyt’s Takuma Sato and Chip Ganassi’s Sage Karam on the opening lap.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports realised its maiden IndyCar Series race win with Simon Pagenaud in 2013.

It remains unclear when Hinchcliffe will be given medical clearance to return to the championship.

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8
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