By Bobby Markos
If Noblesville, Indiana’s Conor Daly could have his racing career summed up with one word, it would be “perseverance”. After winning scholarships through kart and sports car racing and following racing’s yellow brick road to Europe, Daly found himself driving IndyCar’s two-seater in 2018 just to stay in the scene. On this week’s episode of The Dale Jr. Download, he joins Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to discuss his winding journey through motorsports and how he ended up the full-time driver of the Ed Carpenter Racing No. 20 in IndyCar.
Daly and the Dirty Mo Media crew have a lot of ground to cover on the show. After growing up around the sport due to his father’s own racing career and his mother’s involvement with the hospitality suites at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daly decided on his career path after his first experience behind the wheel of a go-kart. It became his sole focus, and in a few years, he became the World Karting Association Grand National Champion. He also found immediate success in full-sized race cars through the Skip Barber Racing School program and the Star Mazda Series, which would eventually bring him a scholarship to further his racing endeavors.
The scholarship took him overseas to enter the Formula racing ladder. But in a few seasons when opportunities in Europe dried up, Daly ended up back home trying to put together options to keep his racing going. After a few unsure years, he found himself in a full-time ride with Ed Carpenter Racing for 2022, and just this year he came home sixth in the Indianapolis 500, his best finish at the Brickyard to date.
Through his Speed Street podcast, he and co-host Joey Mulinaro have joined the Dirty Mo Media ranks and provide listeners with a unique insight into the IndyCar racing world.
The Download listeners should tune in for a glimpse into championship car racing and the road young prospects travel to find their way to the top.