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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced that Conor Daly will drive the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans this weekend.
Daly, who drove for the team in Indy Lights in 2011 and qualified 22nd in the team' s No. 43 entry for the 99th Indianapolis 500 on May 24, will substitute for James Hinchcliffe, who is recovering from surgery to his upper left thigh following a practice crash May 18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hinchcliffe's return to Verizon IndyCar Series competition is undetermined pending INDYCAR medical clearance.
"I'm honored to have the opportunity to fill in for my close friend James this weekend," said Daly, of Noblesville, Indiana. "I definitely want to thank Arrow Electronics, Lucas Oil and all the team sponsors for giving me this shot. I can't wait to continue working with the Schmidt Peterson guys and do the best job I can to keep James' seat warm."
Daly, who made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the 2013 Indianapolis 500, also has competed this season in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as a substitute in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda. His No. 43 entry developed a mechanical issue on the parade laps of the Indy 500 and he did not start the race.
"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, uprising star another opportunity to compete," team co-owner Sam Schmidt said.
Belle Isle was the site of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' first Verizon IndyCar Series victory, when Simon Pagenaud took the checkered flag in 2013.