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Plett: Daily is like a father like a son

Once the IndyCar race gets into your blood, it’s almost impossible to get out of its grip. Conor Daly knows this is true. Former Formula 1 son and sports car and IndyCar driver Derek Daily has been on a winding and often frustrating road since his series debut on the Indianapolis 500 at AJ Foyt Racing in 2013. is.

Forever young, second-generation drivers still look like kids arriving at the IndyCar scene, but Permaniyari and Bora can’t hide the fact that he’s been here for quite some time. To understand the daily tenure and tenacity, “Duck Dynasty” is the hottest on cable TV, and PSY’s song “Gangnam Style” ranked first when it arrived at Speedway with Voith. became.

After driving Voith’s No. 41 Honda to 22nd place on his debut, Daily sat down for a year, rushed to Dale Coyne Racing at Long Beach in 2015, and the other three at the Indy 500 and Schmidt Peterson Motorsport. We had two races. It was dropped at the end of the year after transferring to Coin in the first full season in 2016 and returning to Voith for the second full time in 2017.

In 2018, Daily returned to his third coin, played the Indy 500, and was greeted by Harding in three races towards the end of the season. After moving to Andretti Autosport in 2019 and to the Indy 500, which won the highest 10th place ever, he participated in Carlin Racing for four rounds and nodded from Arrow. Schmidt Peterson Motorsport is a one-time event in Portland, ending the season with another appearance by Andretti.

And finally, in 2020, Daily found a new groove as Carpenter’s oval driver, winning the first pole at the Iowa, and Ed Carpenter Racing’s Road and Street Course partner was the No. 20 Chevy, the third. The driver was the Indy 500. He played the same role in Carlin and ECR, so he will continue last year.

Overall, Daily has driven seven IndyCar teams and has switched to around 13 times since 2013. What about the IndyCar Race getting soaked in your blood and refusing to let go? Nowadays, there is no better example than a 30-year-old from Noblesville, Indiana.

“I think most people will give up when they encounter so many obstacles,” said Derek Daly. (Drawn with Connor in the upper right) Said about his boy who found a major new sponsor Just signed on to stay in ECR For his first full-time season on the same team since 2017. “Ironically, when you look at his fill-in role, like when James Hinchcliffe was injured. [in 2015], He jumped into the car in Detroit and almost won the race. Or when he put it on Iowa’s pole for Carlin. His fill-in role was, in fact, part of the most powerful performance to move him forward, as he had little chance to prove himself again, no matter what happened.

Rare opportunities like Detroit at the 2015 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport brought the best of Connor.Scott LePage / Motorsport Images

“So when you repeatedly show that type of determination, I think there must be some important consequences at the end of the rainbow. That’s what all of us are taught. Don’t give up. And if you look at everything he did to stay in IndyCar, I think he exemplifies it, and what’s interesting is that he brought a new sponsor to the sport. This is another unusual thing. I hope it turns his tide and he can stay with Carpenter forever. “

If you’re wondering where ECR drivers get that solid solution, look to Elders Daily. Derek drove six teams in five F1 seasons from 1978 to 1982, and when he landed in the CART IndyCar Series at the end of 1982, he continued to race with seven teams until 1989.

It’s not the kind of heritage that a father wants to continue with his son or daughter, but Connor does the same with IndyCar, just as Derek dug into a helmet from team to team in the F1 and CART paddock. I tried to find a consistent house that proved to be very elusive.

Derek Daly ran the Curve Racing March 86C Cosworth on the Sanéa Superspeedway in 1986.David Hatson / Motorsport Image

“While I was doing that, I didn’t understand it. Any team just went on to the next race,” Daily said. “I was injured so badly in 1984 that I was in a slightly unusual situation with CART. It didn’t get my career off the ground and it put me in fight mode. And to be honest, I was in fight mode. The reason I had to enter was because I absolutely decided to leave sports on my own terms. Don’t quit sports in an accident.

“So I had to go back and dive with the ducks and do whatever I could to get the ride, so I ended up going back to the full-time indie car and racing sports cars. After winning the Sebring 12 Hours Race (1992), I was ready to leave on my own terms, and my hope for Connor is to maintain his career every time he ceases to be a racing driver. I had to fight like I did for him, so I’m happy with what he did and what he learned.

“I think that’s probably why he’s so popular. With all these part-time drives, all these imperfect situations, he kept going, it resonates with the average person. I believe. Now he’s ready to be rewarded with Carpenter’s team. I always say that you’ll never be beaten when you’re knocked down. When you’re depressed. Only beaten. “ Plett: Daily is like a father like a son

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