Noblesville native Conor Daly finished 11th in Saturday’s DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, his first NTT IndyCar Series race since the Indianapolis 500.

Carlin Racing called Daly to substitute for Max Chilton after the British driver backed away from oval racing citing risk management. Daly qualified 19th in the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet and managed to keep his car clean, finishing 11th in his first race at TMS since 2017.

"I think we can be super happy with that result for the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet,” said Daly. “We had a bit of a slow start. I just really struggled at the beginning of the first stint, but once we changed to the second set of tires we just kept going faster and faster and were able to get into the lead group even though we were a lap down.”

Daly drove for Carlin back in 2011 when he pursued a racing career in Europe before coming back to race in the U.S. in 2016. Doing a one-off race after Indianapolis might have put a lot of pressure to perform on Daly but he found speed during the night and was able to get as high as ninth place during the race.

“We were keeping up with those guys really well and we just had solid pace all night. Every restart we seemed to pass people, which is a lot of fun, and we just kept working on it little by little. I'm pretty happy with moving from 19th to 11th and I think it's something we can all be proud of coming out of this weekend."

Daly finished 10th at Indianapolis last month and is hoping to earn a few more NTT IndyCar Series opportunities based off of his performance. The next race is the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America on June 23rd.