There is some good news to report on an otherwise cloudy day for IndyCar in the wake of its Brasilia race cancellation announced earlier Thursday, in the form of American Conor Daly getting his first test in a Dallara DW12 in almost two full years next week.
Daly, who tested for and later raced for A.J. Foyt Enterprises in 2013, will step into the second Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda alongside friend James Hinchcliffe, the team’s first confirmed driver for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
“This is the chance I’ve been working toward for a long time,” Daly told MotorSportsTalk. “I know Sam has always had a strong team and I hope to show them what I’ve learned over the last four seasons in Europe. It will be very helpful working with an experienced teammate and friend, James. I can’t wait to get on track again.”
Since Daly’s Sebring test and Indianapolis 500 debut in 2013, he has spent time in several different open-wheel championships. He spent the majority of the 2014 season in GP2 with the Lazarus squad.
Daly joins a host of others who have tested for SPM – Davide Valsecchi, Stefano Coletti, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Rocky Moran Jr. and Gabby Chaves among them – all auditioning for the second seat alongside Hinchcliffe.
In Daly’s case, it would be great to see an American who has worked for – and spoken tirelessly of – his desire to get into an IndyCar seat full-time actually have the opportunity to do so.