Although he’s tested an IndyCar this offseason and banked a bunch of GP2 experience, Conor Daly is going to have his next race in a sports car.
The 23-year-old American will join the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports lineup for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in the Prototype Challenge class, along with James French and Jerome Mee.
Daly will have his first crack at the race where his dad, Derek, has won twice.
“The deal came together over the last couple of days,” Daly said. “The team’s driver coach Jonatan Jorge is a friend of mine and suggested I’d be a good choice for the team. I had a couple good talks with Brent and we decided to go to work at Sebring.
“My dad won the race in 1990 and ’91, so no pressure. I’m excited to get a chance at somewhere my dad experienced a lot of success. Sebring is honestly one of my favorite tracks, I ran here from 2008 to 2010 with Skip Barber and Star Mazda.
“All this has been brought on by the team. I have to thank Brent, he’s such a great guy and I’m lucky to be with a great team. I’m just thankful for the opportunity and ready to get to work on Sebring.”
As yet, Daly doesn’t have any remaining races sorted – the same is true for Justin Wilson, who is in Michael Shank Racing’s No. 60 Ligier JS P2 Honda this week at Sebring – but both will be keen to post a good result and/or a good impression this weekend.
Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.
The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.
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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.
Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).
Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.
Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.
The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.
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