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Conor Daly gets Indy 500 entry with Foyt

Before Conor is eligible to start this year's 500-mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he'll need to pass next week's rookie orientation programme along with fellow Indy newcomers AJ Allmendinger, Carlos Munoz and Tristan Vautier on April 11.

ROP is a three-stage process in which the drivers demonstrate that they can hold a consistent line within a defined speed bracket and must be completed before qualifying, which this year is on May 18/19. Only the top 33 cars actually make it onto the starting grid for the race itself, which in 2013 is May 26.

The only downside to Conor's decision to run this year's Indianapolis race is that it clashes with the prestigious Monaco round of the GP2 Series championship.

“I have been to the 500 every year of my existence except for last year when I raced in Monaco [in GP3]," explained Daly. "In my early years I spent most of my time at 'Racing Babies' under the Tower Terrace suites watching the races because my whole family was busy working the race weekend.

"When I got older, no matter how hot it was I was always sitting in the front row of one of my Mom's Tower Terrace suites watching every single lap of the race," he added.

With the Indy 500 firmly in his blood, it's no surprise that even the bright lights of Monaco can't complete with the opportunity to join the field of 33 at this year's event.



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shaken - Unregistered

April 03, 2013 2:10 AM

As an Irishman myself I wish Connor the very best of luck. His father (Derek the Irishman) never really set the tracks alight though. His then teammate Keke Rosberg (none other than Nico's Dad!) won the F1 drivers title with Williams. Derek made nothing of the Williams.



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