Max Chilton won’t be running at this weekend’s NTT IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Brit has chosen to skip the remaining oval races in the series, but he will still be in the car for the road- and street courses.
Carlin has signed a deal with Conor Daly with this weekend only so far, but with opportunities for doing the remaining oval races too.
Daly has raced for Carlin in GP3 in 2011. The American driver with Irish father has so far only done a single IndyCar race in this season, but that was the big Indianapolis 500 race. He did that race for Andretti Autosport in an extra car.
It’s been no secret, that Chilton hasn’t been fond of ovals. The serious accidents through the past few years with Justin Wilson’s passing and Robert Wickens’ serious back injury, has given the former Formula 1 driver a bit extra to think about. That combined with him failing to qualify for the Indy 500 two weeks ago, has made the choice easier for him.
IndyCar is currently working on an aeroscreen, which is planned to be introduced in 2020, so the drivers can’t be hit by flying debris coming towards the driver, which was the issue at the Wilson accident.
Conor Daly will race in car #59, while Charlie Kimball is back in #23 for this race, while Patricio O’Ward has a weekend off this time.