Conor Daly’s whirlwind offseason will include his debut in the GP2 Series this weekend in Malaysia. Daly will race with the new Hilmer Motorsport team, based out of Germany, which replaces the former Ocean Racing Technology squad on the grid.
Daly has raced in GP3 for the last two seasons. This winter he tested an IndyCar for A.J. Foyt Racing, raced in India in the MRF Championship Challenge, where he won the championship, and has tested in both GP3 and GP2.
Daly is one of several Americans closing on the doorstep to Formula 1. Alexander Rossi has been confirmed as reserve driver for Caterham F1, and Jake Rosenzweig has already been confirmed for the full GP2 season with the Barwa Addax Team.
Rosenzweig and Daly are the first Americans to race in GP2 since Scott Speed, who raced in the championship’s inaugural season of 2005. Speed is also the last American to have made it into F1, driving a year and a half with the Scuderia Toro Rosso team.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.