U.S. race fans have desperately been searching for a current day American racer to compete and succeed in Formula 1, but to no avail.
GP3 standout and Indianapolis-native Conor Daly may soon change that.
Daly, son of former F1 racer Derek Daly, wasn’t able to score a win at Spa-Francorchamps, but a double podium effort places him in prime position to score his first GP3 championship.
“It was awesome to get two second places in a weekend,” Daly said. “That’s pretty good after some of the weekends we’ve had previously. It’s good to be in the points fight now.”
GP3 acts as a stepping stone for F1 hopefuls like Daly and his ART Grand Prix teammate Facu Regalia. Both drivers would like to follow in the footsteps of ART GP graduates turned F1 champions, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
Four races ago, Daly sat sixth in the championship, 39 points behind points leader Tio Ellinas. Since then, Daly has outscored all championship contenders and has moved himself up to second in the title fight, just 14 points behind newly-crowned points leader Regalia.
The series heads to Monza in two weeks time, where Daly will look to close the gap to his teammate.
“I’m going to stay on the same path of preparation as I’ve been on,” Daly said. “Qualifying at Monza will be critical and I will start my preparation this week. I’m up for making this championship a real ﬁght. Right now it’s Argentina and America in ﬁrst and second…stay tuned”.
— Conor Daly (@ConorDaly22) August 25, 2013
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