Daly to make F1 test return for Force India

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Upcoming American single-seater racer Conor Daly will perform a straight-line aerodynamic test for Force India on Wednesday.

Daly, 21, will be having his third run in a Formula One car. Teams are limited to no more than four one-day tests of this kind during a season.

“These sessions are vital data gathering times for F1 teams and I’m glad to be able to assist,” said Daly. “F1 cars are very complex machines and the day provides me with a great opportunity to learn many of the systems.”

He will have a seat fitting with the Silverstone-based team today and prepare for the test in their simulator on Tuesday.

Daly, the son of former F1 and IndyCar racer Derek Daly, is preparing for his third season in junior single-seater category GP3 which begins in Spain next week. He finished sixth in the series last year, scoring a win at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Already this year he has made a one-off appearance in the more senior GP2 category. He has also tested an IndyCar in preparation for an appearance at the Indianapolis 500 for Foyt.

During the winter off-season Daly won the MRF Challenge series in India. He won the Star Mazda category in 2010.

Continental Tire named exclusive provider for Red Bull Global Rallycross series

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Red Bull Global Rallycross will have new rubber going forward in the 2018 season.

Continental Tire the Americas on Tuesday announced a multi-year partnership with GRC starting with the upcoming racing season.

Continental Tire will be the exclusive tire provider for Supercars, GRC Lites and Polaris RZR this season. Electric vehicles will be added to the mix starting in 2019.

“Continental Tire is an industry leader in technical tire development,” Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne said in a media release. “Their experience in developing tires that work in both pavement and non-pavement situations, as well as their ability to develop race tires for a wide variety of vehicles, tracks and circumstances make them the ideal partner.

“As the official tire supplier for the Red Bull GRC series, they will bring a new level of excellence and high performance to the events.”

This will be Continental Tire’s first foray into Red Bull GRC competition. The season opener is set for May 19-20 in Louisville, Kentucky.

GRC, Supercar and GRC Lites cars will use one compound while a second compound/tire will be developed for the Polaris RZR side-by-side class.

“We’re thrilled to add Global Rallycross to our motorsports portfolio,” said John DeSalle, president of Continental Tire Motorsports. “We’re looking forward to providing a tire that will give the fans the great racing they expect while also making it fun for the drivers.

“This series is action-packed and we can’t wait to get on track!”

The 2018 GRC season will be composed of 12 events across eight events and will be televised on NBC.