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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.”

IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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