The Indianapolis 500 will welcome another second-generation driver to its ranks. The AJ Foyt Enterprises team has announced that Conor Daly – son of former F1 and IndyCar racer, Derek – will make his series debut at next month’s famous oval race.
The 21-year-old has spent the past two years competing in the GP3 Series as he targeted an ultimate career in Formula 1 (even landing a few straight-line test outings with Force India).
This year, he’s stepped up to the GP2 Series with Hilmer Motorsport, finishing seventh in the second of the series’ support races during the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.
Late last year, he had his first taste of IndyCars when he tested for Foyt’s outfit at Sebring, showing an adeptness behind the wheel that belied his youth.
“He was fast, smooth, and didn’t get in trouble. When we made a change on the car he felt it,” team owner AJ Foyt said.
“I found him to be very savvy on the chassis setups. I’ve run a lot of rookies at Indy and I think Conor will do a good job for us.”
Daly will partner regular driver Takuma Sato in an expanded driver line-up with the Honda-powered team, but first he has to pass the championship’s Rookie Orientation Program in a week’s time, alongside fellow Indianapolis debutants AJ Allmendinger (Team Penske), Tristain Vaultier (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsport) and Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport).
“I almost can’t describe what it means to have the opportunity to race in the Indianapolis 500,” an ecstatic Daly said.
“I am so thankful that A.J. and [team director] Larry [Foyt] have given me my first shot at the greatest race in the world.
“I know this will sound cheesy but I’ve never been happier in my life, this race means so much to me.”
Conor’s father Derek – whom we have interviewed on RichardsF1.com – competed in seven Indianapolis 500s between 1983-9, earning a best-placed finish of twelfth in the 1985 race.
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