Add to that his starring role in the only serious crash of practice - when he crashed the #41 AJ Foyt Racing car and nearly completely rolled it on the Thursday - and you'd have been forgiven for fearing the worst on race day for the son of Irish former F1 and Champ Car driver Derek Daly. But that was far from the case: while he didn't have the pace he needed to stay on the lead lap on this outing, he was still running and finished in 22nd place when the chequered flag came out.
"It was tough," Daly admitted."It's so tough to get behind because it makes it difficult to get back to the front.
"I was pretty happy with the car. After the first stop, we lost the rear brakes. I could not stop the car coming into pit lane, which made it extremely difficult!" he revealed. "We caught fire twice. After catching on fire twice and having no rear brakes, I think we did okay!" he laughed.
He had. All four of the new class of 2013 had done more than okay. And if they come back again in 2014 - as they really should - then they'll no longer be rookies but genuine contenders who would make very worthy winners.
Daly for one sounds well up for it. "This race is awesome. To finish 22nd after starting 31st, I'm pretty happy with that," he said.
"Hopefully in the future, I will be able to drink milk," contributed Munoz, setting his own sights high for next time. "Right now I'm thirsty, but hopefully it's in the future for me!"