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Conor Daly enters 2019 Chili Bowl

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Conor Daly got his first taste of Midget racing this September in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 support race for NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 on a newly designed track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

He finished 10th (last) in his heat and 12th of 13 in his qualification race, but enjoyed the experience enough to add two more Midget races to his schedule.

Daly’s next race will be December 15, 2018 at DuQuoin, Illinois and he hopes that experience provides a suitable warmup for the prestigious Chili Bowl in mid-January.

Last year’s edition of the Chili Bowl was won by Christopher Bell.

“I got a taste last September at IMS, and the Chili Bowl is such a cool event and I want to try it,” Daly told Robin Miller. “I don’t have any great expectations, but I liked trying the dirt and I’ll get some laps at DuQuoin before the Chili Bowl, so that will help.”

Daly’s car will be entered by Jonathan Byrd Racing.

“To step out of your comfort zone and try the dirt shows me he’s a racer,” said David Byrd, who runs the organization named for his late father. “We’re renting a car from Jody Rosenboom of Iowa, and it’s a good car for a beginner, and hopefully Conor can get 30-40 laps under his belt at DuQuoin.”

F1 races in Austin, Mexico City hitting financial rough patches

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two of Formula One’s three races in North America are facing financial issues that are raising concern about their future.

Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix won’t get at least $20 million from the state of Texas for the 2018 race after missing a paperwork deadline set by state law. And new questions lurk about the future of the Mexican Grand Prix after the country’s new president suggested the government may not spend on the race like it has the last four years.

Both races have been popular with drivers and fans, and have enjoyed key dates on the F1 calendar. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinched season championships in Texas in 2015 and in Mexico City in 2017 and 2018.

Officials in Formula One and at the Circuit of the Americas, host of the U.S. Grand Prix, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.