ROP might be especially difficult for Conor Daly, who grew up in the Indianapolis area with his father, former F1 and Champ Car driver Derek Daly, and who has always dreamed of a chance of starting the Indy 500.
Daly's most recent racing experience has been in the distinctly non-oval GP2 and GP3 Series in Europe, which means he'll face the biggest challenge of the four rookies in order to step-up and prepare himself for the month of May. In addition, the other three Indy rookies have already had a chance to get some early oval practice under their belts with a recent test at Texas Motor Speedway last month.
That leaves Daly hungry for as much oval track time as he can get between now and the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. The uncertainly over when ROP will be rescheduled - and what that might mean to Daly's other racing series commitments - will not be ideal for the 21-year-old second generation American race driver.