IndyCar: 3 possible replacements for Conor Daly in 2024

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Possible Conor Daly replacements: No. 3 – Linus Lundqvist

2022 Indy NXT (Lights) champion Linus Lundqvist looks poised to make the jump to IndyCar come 2024. He recently tested with Ed Carpenter Racing at Sebring International Raceway.

Lundqvist didn’t just win the 2022 championship; he outright dominated. He won five of the 14 races on the schedule and won the title by almost 100 points over the next closest competitor. Despite winning the title, he found himself without a ride for the 2023 season.

However, Lundqvist hasn’t just tested for Ed Carpenter Racing. He also recently tested with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing at Texas Motor Speedway and left the team impressed.

All things considered, there is a strong chance that Lundqvist will be sought after by several teams. So Ed Carpenter Racing will need to find a way to present him with a ride that can give him a chance at competing for wins.

With the recent struggles of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Ed Carpenter Racing could have the upper hand when bidding time rolls around this offseason. However, it is also very possible that other more competitive teams will enter the bidding war.

Lundqvist is a high-level prospect who looks to have a bright future in IndyCar, and should Ed Carpenter Racing be able to land the 24-year-old Swede to pair with Rinus VeeKay, it would give the team a strong core of two young drivers.

It may take some extra time to develop, but that young tandem would almost certainly give them a good chance to get back into contention for wins.

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Ed Carpenter Racing’s driver decision for the No. 20 Chevrolet for 2024 and beyond is extremely crucial, and a bad one may have serious consequences down the road. If they do get the decision correct, however, it could be a huge step forward and give them a path back to contention.