Conor Daly, who's spent most of his life watching the Indianapolis 500 from the grandstands, will be seeing the race from the cockpit of an Indy car this year.
Daly has been hired to drive A.J. Foyt's No. 41 ABC Supply Honda in this year's Indianapolis 500, joining Takuma Sato who pilots the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Daly, who grew up in nearby Noblesville, Indiana, will be making his formal IndyCar debut in the 500 on May 26th although he did test the ABC Supply Indy car in December.
"I almost can't describe what it means to have the opportunity to race in the Indianapolis 500," Daly said. "I have been to the 500 every year of my existence except for last year when I raced in Monaco. It is truly my home race since I was born and raised in the Indianapolis area. I am so thankful that A.J. and Larry [Foyt] have given me my first shot at the greatest race in the world. I know this will sound cheesy but I've never been happier in my life; this race means so much to me."
Daly will participate in the Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) on Thursday, April 11th along with three other rookies: Tristan Vautier, Carlos Munoz, and A.J. Allmendinger, who has won Indy Car races while competing in Champ Car but has never raced in the Indy 500.
"I'm excited about bringing Conor to Indy for his first race at the 500," Larry Foyt. "I've been watching him come up through the open wheel ranks, and when we met at the F-1 race in Austin, Texas last year, we hit it off immediately. Doing the test at Sebring confirmed he could make the step up to an Indycar, and with my dad's guidance, the potential is there for a great month of May."
The 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be held Sunday, May 26th. The race will be broadcast live by ABC starting at 12 noon ET.