[Source: AJ Foyt Racing press release]
WALLER, TX Dec 4, 2012—Happy Birthday Kid!
Conor Daly will test the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda IndyCar at Sebring International Raceway December 13th — just two days before his 21st birthday. Daly, who will be testing an Indy car for the first time, is the son of Derek Daly, a former Formula One and CART IndyCar driver.
“Conor Daly is one of the exciting up-and-coming drivers in open wheel racing today,” said Larry Foyt, team director of AJ Foyt Racing. “I had spoken to Conor at the F-1 race in Austin and I was impressed. I thought this test was a perfect opportunity to see how he works with our team. Depending on how it goes, we may be able to do something with him in the future.”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to drive an Indycar for the first time with AJ Foyt Racing,” Daly said. “I’ve grown up at the Indy 500 and have always dreamed of getting in an Indycar someday. I will do the best job I can to get to know the team and complete all the things they’ve got planned for the test. I can’t thank Larry enough for organizing this and taking an interest in my future.”
Young Daly, a Hoosier, has spent the last two seasons competing in GP3, the European-based single-seater series which is a forerunner to Formula One. Daly is viewed as a rising star in motorsports, having won in every series he has competed including GP3, Firestone Indy Lights, Star Mazda and Skip Barber. He won national titles in the Mazda and Barber series.
The test is the final one of the year for IndyCar teams. INDYCAR has suspended testing for all teams from December 14 through January 4.