Conor Daly delivers a standout drive for Performance Tech at Sebring

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He may not have a full-time ride yet for either the Verizon IndyCar Series or TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, but Conor Daly delivered a weekend worthy of one at this week’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Sharing the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca FLM09 in the Prototype Challenge class with Jerome Mee and James French, Daly drove some six hours and 27 minutes in the 12-hour race, his first PC appearance since a one-off with RSR Racing at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Daly qualified the car fourth and set the second fastest race lap in class, only 0.013 of a second off Bruno Junqueira’s pace in the race during a standout drive.

He helped bring the team a podium finish behind the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports and CORE autosport entries, in what was the longest drive of his career. The open-wheel veteran has primarily run sprint races in various open-wheel development series.

“Ah man, I just was trying to go fast!” Daly told MotorSportsTalk at the end of the race. “We had a good car. We had a great car. It was just difficult to come from behind. That’s part of the game.

“I’m just thankful for this Performance Tech team that I had this opportunity. It was crazy, man. We had one big spin on the last stint, trying to get around one of the Ferraris. It only set us back a few seconds. Otherwise it was a mistake-free day.”

Daly noted the car ran much of the race without all the rear bodywork.

He also won the Eye Respect Spirit of the Race award from IMSA Radio for his efforts.

The next race for the PC class in the TUDOR Championship is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 3.

Indy 500 qualifying: Today’s schedule, TV times, how the 33-car field is set

Indy 500 qualifying schedule
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The 33-car field of the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be set through the two-day Indy 500 qualifying schedule Saturday and Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Today’s session will determine the nine cars that will compete for the pole position and starting positions 10-30.

On Sunday, the pole position then will be determined in a Fast Nine Shootout (the top nine qualifiers also received NTT IndyCar Series points).

All on-track activity will be on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar pass (click here for streaming Saturday and here for Sunday), and Indy 500 qualifying will be on NBC from 3-5 p.m. ET Saturday and Indy 500 pole qualifying from 1-3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Last year, Simon Pagenaud captured the pole position on the way to winning last year’s Indy 500.

Qualifying speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are determined by a four-lap average around the 2.5-mile track.

Here is the Indy 500 qualifying schedule and how to watch on TV:

Saturday, Aug. 15

5:30 a.m. – Garage opens

6 a.m. – Tech inspection

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC coverage from 3-5 p.m.; NBCSN 5-6 p.m.)

7:30 p.m. – Garage closes

Sunday, Aug. 16

8 a.m. – Garage opens

9 a.m. — Tech inspection

11-11:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Fast Nine pole qualifying (NBC begins at 1 p.m., NBC Sports Gold)

3:30-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)