Conor Daly continues to enjoy the relationship he has with his main sponsor BitNile.com, and foresees that continuing into the future, even if he is racing for a different team.
Back at the start of 2022, Daly had a fortuitous meeting with the CEO of BitNile while in Vegas, and set up what has now become a multi-year sponsorship deal.
That has allowed the journeyman to settle down at a Ed Carpenter Racing for the past two seasons, and has granted him the stability that he had been lacking in the sport.
Now that his current deal is nearing an end at the end of this season, Daly has been asked a few questions about what his future may look like. More so than continuing at Ed Carpenter Racing, the 31-year-old said that an ongoing relationship with his sponsor may be the most likely.
“No, not yet,” said Daly when asked if he has any sponsorship deals lined up for next season. “My sponsor BitNile.com is awesome. Todd [Ault, CEO of BitNile] has been super faithful to me and he’s very loyal. That all happens after May, you start thinking about things.
“This year has been awful for everyone in our group so far, so we want to be better. You want to search for the best opportunity to succeed for both yourself and your sponsor. So we’ll see what happens.
“Realistically, I’m here because I brought a sponsor anyway. I’ll go anywhere as long as I’ve got my sponsor. I hope.”
The whole of ECR has failed to score a top 10 finish so far this season, marking one of the worst start in the team’s history.
All three drivers have looked much more sporty in the lead-up to the Indianapolis 500, with Daly qualifying 16th and often higher on the practice results pages.
When asked if his Indy 500 performance will impact any future deals, Daly related that the Indy 500 is always important no matter the situation.
“[The Indy 500] is important for me personally, important for me mentally as well. It’s the best thing ever anyway. We just look at is as a separate deal compared to everything else.
“But I’m going to continue for sure. That’s definitely what I’m going to aim to do. We’ll see.”