Conor
Daly

Biography

Conor Daly (24), a second generation race driver, is the son of professional race car driver Derek Daly (who reached the pinnacle of the sport, competing in Formula One and Indycar for well over a decade), and his Mom, Beth, who won a Novice Jet Ski World title in 1990.

Conor’s career started racing go-karts as a 10 year-old. In 2005, He won 19 races, two championships and was elected “Junior Driver of the Year” by Kart Racers of America.

In 2006 he won three World Karting Association National titles. Towards the end of the season, and on age waivers (he was just 14 years old), he became the youngest driver in the country to win a "senior" Pro kart race when he won the Pro Invitational race at the TaG World Championships at Newcastle Motorsports Park, Indiana.

In 2007, driving for the factory Top Kart team, Conor won the Stars of Karting TaG East championship. He finished off his season with five consecutive pole positions. In 2007 he also won three Skip Barber Regional races including a win in Moroso Park, Florida on his debut in the series.

In 2008, Conor concentrated on race cars and had an outstanding season winning the Skip Barber National Championship (five wins) and the Ontario Formula Ford 1600 Rookie of Year (five wins). During his European debut he won prestigious Walter Hayes Formula Ford 1600 Trophy in Silverstone, England representing Team USA. Along the way he set three new lap records in Canada, and scored ten pole positions in three different classes.

In 2009, as a member of the Mazdaspeed driver development system, Conor finished 3rd in the Formula Star Mazda championship. He was the youngest winner of the season scoring his maiden championship win at the 4th round of the championship in May at the New Jersey Motorsports park.

In 2010, Conor had a record setting year as he swept the Formula Star Mazda championship with seven wins (record), nine pole positions (record) and twelve podium finishes (record), most laps led (record), largest winning points margin in 23 year history of championship.

In 2011 he competed in five Firestone Indy Lights races, driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports scoring a sensational win at Grand Prix of Long Beach which vaulted him to the lead of the championship. He then made the difficult decision to leave the Indylights championship and move to Europe.

From 2011-2013, Conor competed in the European Formula One support series, GP3 , scoring two wins, one pole position and eleven podiums. Formula One came calling when Sahara Force India signed Conor as a test driver to handle their on track aero data mapping sessions and simulator development.

In 2013 - He made a remarkable GP2 debut in Malaysia where he finished 7th, setting 2nd fastest race lap. He also made his Indy 500 debut driving for the legend, AJ Foyt, finishing, 22nd.

2014, Competed in the Daytona 24 hours before returning to Europe to compete in GP2 with Venezuela GP Lazarus.

2015 saw Conor compete in the Sebring 12 hours race for the first time finishing in third place and being awarded Star of the Race after being behind the wheel for a remarkable 6 hours and 27 minutes. His sportscar activities continued at Watkins Glen and at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport) where he set fastest lap in each event.

He also made his Verizon Indycar debut with remarkable performances in Long Beach (set 2nd fastest Honda lap), Detroit and Toronto. In Detroit he led convincingly before full course accident yellows stunted his potential race winning performance.

2016 Lead driver for Dale Coyne Racing. Led highest number of laps by Honda driver for most of season. Podium finish P2 in Detroit. Led five races.

2017 Signed for AJ Foyt Racing.

You can read more about Conor's racing career from his website:
http://www.conordaly.net/about.html

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