Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Conor Daly America's Next Hope For F1

The more I follow Conor Daly, the more I come to respect him.

Son of former Indycar and Formula 1 driver Derek Daly, Conor has obviously inherited the family gene. CD absolutely dominated the Star Mazda Championship in 2010, winning seven races, and finishing on the podium in every race except for one, which is staggering. Conor then raced a couple of races in Indy Lights in 2011, but ultimately decided that F1 was the route for him, so he ran full time in 2011 in GP3 for Carlin Racing.

Unfortunately, the 2011 season did not go as expected for Conor, as he scored 10 points in 16 races with what can be described as a subpar team (Carlin Motorsport). Fortunately, Conor signed a full time deal with Lotus GP in 2012, which is one of the best teams in a multitude of racing formulas in Europe. The results have been pouring in for Conor, notching four podiums in the first twelve races, including a win in Spain.


With four races to go in the GP3 season, Conor is in 6th place with 81 points,  55 points behind current points leader Mitch Evans. During this season, Conor has been performing aero tests for Formula 1 team Force India, which is a HUGE step in the right direction for CD.

And since he was in the Mazda Road to Indy, I, like many others, were wondering if his Indycar window was completely closed, or if F1 was his main goal. So I asked him on Twitter (he always makes time for fans, always replying, which is always a great thing, follow him on Twitter @ConorDaly22) and this was his response:


So while I am saddened we may never see him in an Indycar, I'm absolutely ecstatic to see where his racing career takes him, which is to say GP2 is looking really good for him next year, and hopefully F1 after that. America's last F1 driver was Scott Speed who really didn't do anything impressive, and it has been way too long since an American has been in F1. 

And with two American races coming on the schedule in 2013 at Austin and New Jersey, it would be great for the sport to have an American on the F1 grid in the forthcoming years so the majority of the American audience can easily connect to the sport and have a driver to cheer for.

Conor Daly is our best hope to get an American back into F1, and I'll be cheering him on the whole way through and I hope he achieves his goals!

Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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