Conor Daly, the young aspiring racer who has been competing the past few years in Euro-formula series with aspirations toward Formula 1, will be in the Indianapolis 500 this May. Daly struck a deal with Foyt Racing to become Takuma Sato’s teammate at Indy. Young Conor knows what Indy means. Most Mays of his 21 years have been spent at 16th and Georgetown.
Whether he is a fit with the Foyt crew is an open question. Personnel upgrades and engineering enhancements have resulted in better days for the team. What was once thought of as a last stop before the conclusion of Indy Car careers has suddenly become a destination of sorts. Takuma Sato has been doing well, and a young American with talent fits a lot of bills.
Given the way in which competition is micromanaged by the series and partners and a foregone conclusion that the entire field of 33 will be carefully choreographed, we need all the compelling stories we can find. Conor Daly fits the criteria. It is refreshing to find someone as enthusiastic about the opportunity.
Now all we need are about a dozen more of him.