A.J. Foyt Racing confirmed Tuesday morning the signing of Conor Daly to run the teams 2nd entry at Indianapolis. Daly's first on-track laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway behind the #41 entry will come during the annual Rookie Orientation Program April 11.
“I almost can't describe what it means to have the opportunity to race in the Indianapolis 500,” Daly said. “I have been to the 500 every year of my existence except for last year when I raced in Monaco. It is truly my home race since I was born and raised in the Indianapolis area. I am so thankful that A.J. and Larry 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.”
The 21-year-old was impressive with his first laps behind an Indy Car last December at Sebring with Foyt.
“I'm excited about bringing Conor to Indy for his first race at the 500,” said Team Director, Larry Foyt. “I've been watching him come up through the open wheel ranks, and when we met at the F-1 race in Austin, Texas last year, we hit it off immediately. Doing the test at Sebring confirmed he could make the step up to an Indycar, and with my dad's guidance, the potential is there for a great month of May.”
Daly, a Noblesville, Indiana native, won the 2010 Pro Mazda Championship and ran five Firestone Indy Lights races with Sam Schmidt Motorsports, winning at Long Beach. He contested the European GP3 Series full-time in 2011 & 2012 and ran the first two events of the GP2 Series this season.
Daly's father, Derek, ran six Indianapolis 500's from 1983-'85 and 1987-'89, all before Conor's birth.