Conor Daly delivers more laughs during iRacing Twitch stream

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At this point, one could fill a short book with quotes from Conor Daly’s iRacing streams from the past month.

For the fourth consecutive week, Daly streamed the IndyCar iRacing Challenge race on his Twitch account, with hilarious commentary from himself and some of his fellow competitors.

As usual, Daly was joined by Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe and Ed Carpenter. Also joining this past weekend was rookie Rinus VeeKay.

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All five drivers were communicating via a private Discord server that was synced with the stream. Below is a collection of some of the best exchanges between the five drivers:


Practice:

(Note: During Friday night’s iRX race, Daly challenged Rossi to a Lunchables eating contest.)

VEEKAY: “What are Lunchables?”

DALY: (laughs) “Well, they’re something we grew up on in America.”

CARPENTER: “Raun (Rinus’ father and nutritionist) would not approve of you eating them.”

DALY: “Raun would not approve of you eating Lunchables. Think of all the great foods, minimized into small pieces and wrapped in plastic and you eat them as if they are like a wonderful item.”

VEEKAY: “Seems American.”

HINCHCLIFFE: “That’s the best way to put it.”

DALY: “Yes, absolutely. I don’t think you guys would have them.” 


DALY: (responding to a fan question in the chat) “I have met Kyle Busch, yes. We’ve had dinner, in fact.”

VEEKAY: “Did you eat M&Ms?” 

DALY: “Uh, no I did not eat M&Ms for dinner.”

HINCHCLIFFE: “Then you did dinner wrong.”

DALY: “Well, we’re the ones who are about to buy at least $75 worth of Lunchables, so…. Rinus, we’ll save you a Lunchable.” 

VEEKAY: “I will get you some cookies from Santa Claus.”

DALY: (laughs) “Great news, thank you.”


Qualifying: 

(A fan in the chat asks Daly if he thinks the sim races would be better if drivers could choose their own setups.)

DALY: “Uh, no. If we had the ability to change the setups, people would spend HOURS, and completely throw their lives into a trash can and set it on fire developing a sim setup.”


Race:

(Daly and VeeKay are racing side-by-side.)

DALY: “WE GOT HIM! OLE SHOOTER MCGAVIN!”


(Will Power and Simon Pagenaud can be heard talking in the background on IndyCar’s driver’s feed)

DALY: “Penske drivers are shouting at people, that must mean the race is coming to a close.”


Click here to watch a full replay of the race Daly’s Twitch stream (warning: contains some adult language)

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AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”