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Conor Daly 'likely to stick with GP3' in 2013

"It was definitely a huge physical challenge but so much fun!" insisted Daly. "It really feels great to be in a long race with a pit stop as well. My engineer said my fitness was exemplary so I was happy with that compliment."

Daly followed up the GP2 d├ębut and announcement of his forthcoming Indy 500 outing by returning to his GP3 day job with the pre-season testing session in the UK.

"It was very cool to arrive at the GP3 test in Silverstone with the announcement coming out the day I got there," he said. "Everyone in the paddock knew the following day and were really supportive and very happy for me. You can really tell how great of an event the Indy 500 is when people all around the world know the significance of getting a shot at competing."

Competing in the race has also been one of Daly's personal dreams, as he was born and raised close to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the largest audience-capacity motor racing track in the world.

"I hope to have a strong month of May in the IndyCar and really soak in the experience, it's going to be very memorable for me and I can't wait," he said. "It will fit in perfectly with our European plans if we get those fully sorted out and it will work out really well."

Juggling all the commitments doesn't make for a simple life, especially when plans can change at short notice such as the decision by the IndyCar organisers to postpone the Rookie Orientation Programme that Daly and his fellow Indy 500 newcomers (Tristan Vautier, Carlos Munoz and AJ Allmendinger) must attend if they are to be allowed to even participate in practice and qualifying at IMS in May.

Daly was confident that the postponement of ROP to an as-yet unconfirmed later date would not be a problem for him. "Not at all. There is plenty of track time before qualifying and I have a lot of confidence in the team. I know we will be ready to go whenever the circumstances allow me to get in the car.

What with experience of F3, World Series by Renault 3.5 and the MRF Challenge Championship in India in the last 11 months to add to his GP2, GP3 and IndyCar appearances, it's certainly been an impressively diverse year in the young American's racing life.

"I've had a lot of fantastic opportunities that's for sure!" he agreed. "I am very thankful for the experience and seat time I've been able to get. It's been a great start to the year and I hope we can continue to build on our success throughout the season."



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Conor Daly (USA, Hilmer Motorsport) during the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Tuesday 5th March. (Photo Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Conor Daly (USA, Hilmer Motorsport) during the second day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 6th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Conor Daly (USA) during GP3 testing - March 2013. (Photo Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Conor Daly (USA, Hilmer Motorsport) in action at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia during GP2 practice - March 22, 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Conor Daly (USA, Lotus GP) ahead of the GP3 sprint race at Spa - September 2012. (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/LAT Photographic)
Carlin`s Julian Leal at Spa in Friday practice. August 22, 2014. (Photo Credit: GP2 Media Service)
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR, Rapax) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) elebrate at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium with Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) and Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium with Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) and Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) at the Hungaroring, Hungary 2014 GP3 Series Round 5. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.

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