Conor Daly to run #88 at Pocono to honour Bryan Clauson

Conor Daly's #88 entry for Pocono - Credit: Dale Coyne Racing

Conor Daly will honour Bryan Clauson at this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, with the Dale Coyne Racing driver competing in the #88 BC Forever entry rather than his usual #18.

Clauson passed away earlier this month due to injuries suffered in a race at Belleville Midget Nationals on 6 August, and Daly will honour the three-time Indianapolis 500 starter at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ this weekend.

“It means a lot to our whole team to be driving the #88 BC Forever entry this weekend,” said Daly. “I think everyone enjoyed working with Bryan throughout the month of May.

“Jonathan and David Byrd have sort of accepted us into their family. They already had a big racing program with Bryan and then they added me and Dale Coyne Racing to that as well. It’s going to be a great way to pay tribute and obviously a little extra motivation to ‘Park it’ in Victory Lane for Bryan.”

Daly is looking forward to his first experience of the Pocono Raceway, and hopes the strong form the team have showed in Superspeedway specification this season continues this weekend.

“I’m excited for the Pocono event because it’s a 500-mile race and another big chance to get a lot of experience on another oval, this time a triangular one,” said Daly. “I was at the race at Pocono last year so I saw how crazy the restarts were and how good the racing was, so I’m just looking forward to being a part of that.

“We’ve had strong cars at all the superspeedway package ovals so we’re hoping to continue that same trend. We’re going there with a lot of unknowns but I look forward to learning about the place and getting up to speed.”