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Munoz proves the cream of the 2013 Indy 500 rookies

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!"

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AJ Foyt Racing`s Conor Daly crashes in turn 1 and nearly flips over on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
Conor Daly on the third day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Monday May 13, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Indy 500 rookies Tristan Vautier and Conor Daly wait their turn on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Helio Castroneves leads Carlos Munoz on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Leigh Spargur for IndyCar Media)
The start of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - Sunday, May 26 2013. (Photo Credit: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
Carloz Munoz on Pole Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Saturday May 18, 2013. (Picture Credit: Shawn Griztmacher for IndyCar Media)
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