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Conor Daly (23), a second generation race driver, is the son of professional race car driver Derek Daly (who reached the pinnacle of the sport, competing in Formula One and Indy Cars for well over a decade), and his Mom, Beth, who won a Novice Jet Ski World title in 1990

Conor’s career started racing go-karts as a 10 year-old. In 2005, He won 19 races, two championships and was elected “Junior Driver of the Year” by Kart Racers of America

In 2006 he won three World Karting Association National titles including the jewel of the WKA season, the Grand Nationals in South Bend, Indiana. Towards the end of the season, and on age waivers (he was just 14 years old), he became the youngest driver in the country to win a "senior" Pro kart race when he won the Pro Invitational race at the TaG World Championships at Newcastle Motorsports Park, Indiana Conor Flag

In 2007, driving for the factory Top Kart team, Conor won the Stars of Karting TaG East championship having dominated the penultimate rounds In Schwano Wisconsin where he scored 2 pole positions, four fastest race laps and a first and second place in the finals. He finished off his season with five consecutive pole positions. In 2007 he also won three Skip Barber Regional races including a win in Moroso Park, Florida on his debut in the series

In 2008, Conor concentrated on race cars and had an outstanding season winning the Skip Barber National Championship (five wins) and the Ontario Formula Ford 1600 Rookie of Year (five wins). During his European debut he won prestigious Walter Hayes Formula Ford 1600 Trophy in Silverstone, England representing Team USA. Along the way he set three new lap records in Canada, and scored ten pole positions in three different classes

In 2009, as a member of the Mazdaspeed driver development system, Conor finished 3rd in the Star Mazda championship presented by Goodyear. He was the youngest winner of the season scoring his maiden championship win at the 4th round of the championship in May at the New Jersey Motorsports park

In 2010, Conor had a record setting year as he swept the Formula Star Mazda championship presented by Goodyear with seven wins (record), nine pole positions (record) and twelve podium finishes (record), most laps led (record), largest winning points margin in 23 year history of championship. What a season

In 2011 he competed in five Firestone Indy Lights races, driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, scoring a sensational win at Grand Prix of Long Beach which vaulted him to the lead of the championship. He then made the difficult decision to leave the Indylights championship and move to Europe.

From 2011-2013, Conor competed in the European Formula One support series, GP3 , scoring two wins, one pole position and eleven podiums. Formula One came calling when Sahara Force India signed Conor as a test driver to handle their aero data mapping session.

In 2013 - He made a remarkable GP2 debut in Malaysia where he  finished 7th, setting 2nd fastest race lap. He also made his Indy 500 debut driving for the legend, AJ Foyt.

2014, Competed in the Daytona 24 hours before returning to Europe to compete in GP2 with Venezuela GP Lazarus

2015 saw Conor compete in the Sebring 12 hours race for the first time finishing in third place and being awarded Star of the Race after being behind the wheel for a remarkable 6 hours and 27 minutes. His sportscar activities continued at Watkins Glen and at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport) where he set fastest lap in each event.

He also made his Verizon Indycar debut with remarkable performances in Long Beach (set 2nd fastest Honda lap), Detriot and Toronto. In Detroit he led convincingly before full course accident yellows stunted his potential race winning performance.


Career Snapshot

  • 2004 Indiana State Champion (Yamaha)
  • 2005 Two time Kart Racers of America Junior Yamaha Champion
  • 2005 Kart Racers of America Junior Driver of the Year
  • 2006 Three time World Karting Association Champion
  • 2007 Won Debut race in Skip Barber regional Race Series
  • 2007 Winner Stars of Karting TaG East Championship-5 consecutive pole positions
  • 2008 Won Canadian Formula Ford 1600 Rookie of the Year-five consecutive wins-three new lap records
  • 2008 Won Skip Barber National Championship with five wins
  • 2008 Awarded prestigious Team USA Scholarship
  • 2008 Won Walter Hayes Formula Ford Trophy, Silverstone, England-First ever American winner
  • 2009 Finished 3rd in Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear (1 pole, 1 win, 6 podiums)
  • 2010 Record setting season winning Formula Star Mazda championship presented by Goodyear. Seven wins (record), nine poles (record), twelve podiums (record), most laps led (record), largest winning points margin ever. What a season
  • 2010 Won Gorsline scholarship for performance and potential, presented by Sir Stirling Moss in London
  • 2011 Won Firestone Indy Lights race in Long Beach, California
  • 2011-2013 GP3 with 2 wins, 11 podiums amd 1 pole position
  • 2012/13 Won Indian MRF Challenge championship
  • Indy 500debut with AJ Foyt Racing
  • GP2 in Malaysia with Hilmer Motorsports (2nd fastest race lap)
  • 2014 GP2 with Venezuela GP Lazarus  and debut at 24 hours of Daytona (P3)
  • 2015 Verizon Indycar at Long Beach, Detroit (P6) & Toronto. 12 hours Sebring (P3)
  • 2015 Indy 500 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
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