Conor Daly impressed A.J. Foyt in his initial IndyCar test at Sebring back in 2012 and he’s hoping to do the same thing with Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson next Tuesday in Florida.
“Sam and I have been in touch the last six months and he’s always supported what I’ve done and he called me to test his Indy car so I’m very flattered and excited,” said Daly, who captured the Indy Lights race at Long Beach for Schmidt in 2011. “I’m looking at it as a tryout and I need to reassure the team of what I can do.”
The 23-year-old son of Indy car and Formula 1 veteran Derek Daly spent much of the past four years in GP2 and GP3 where he won races and scored podiums while also making his one and only IndyCar start in the 2013 Indy 500 for the Foyts (BELOW).
“I want to show what I’ve learned and how I’ve developed and this test is the first step,” continued Daly. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in an Indy car but I’m comfortable with this team and I’ve had some experience at Sebring.
“I think a lot of people thought I’d fallen off the map but this is what I want to do and where I want to be and I’ve been hoping for this kind of opportunity.”
James Hinchcliffe is the lead driver for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport and thought to be a strong proponent of the young American as his teammate. But Daly also got a nice surprise from Hinch’s former teammate Marco Andretti.
“Marco sent me $3,000 to help with my test,” he said. “He was the first one to help me and I know he’s not looking for any publicity. But how cool is that?”