Conor Daly Starts The Indy 500 From 11th

Conor Daly
With Andretti Autosport drivers bookending the initial qualifying attempts, the team will saw all five drivers earn starting positions for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 with three cars in the top 11 and Alexander Rossi advancing to the Fast Nine Shootout tomorrow.

Sunday’s qualifying will host the Last Row Shootout on NBC immediately followed by the Fast Nine Shootout at  1:15 p.m. ET. Once the grid is set, the 33 drivers who have earned starting positions will hit the track for a practice session at 3:15 p.m. ET.

*Should rain cancel Sunday’s Fast Nine track activity, today’s Fast Nine qualifiers would be the first nine Indy 500 starters, based on today’s qualifying speeds – including the Pole position.

No. 25 U.S. AIR FORCE HONDA
  • STATUS: Secured Starting Position
  • STARTING POSITION: 11th
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 228.617 mph (four-lap average)
  • OF NOTE: Earned a career best starting position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, previous best starting position was 22nd // Daly’s fastest four-lap average was recorded on his second attempt
“It was a roller coaster of a day and we only did two runs. It was wild. I am over the moon. I didn’t really know what to expect, but to be .1 mph off of the Fast Nine and starting on the fourth row in 11th is super cool. I think the team did an awesome job after our first run. We just missed the setup a little bit, but we made the perfect adjustments for the second run. We timed it perfectly too because the (qualifying) line started getting stacked up and we made the right call. Credit to Michael [Andretti, team owner/strategist], Andy [Listes, engineer], TZ  [John Tzouanakis, Assistant Strategist] and all of the U.S. Air Force guys. It is a lot of fun to be a part this team and it’s only getting better every single day.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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