Barber test has ECR duo confident heading to the Alabama road course this weekend

After a couple weeks off, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will pick up at the picturesque Barber Motorsports Park this weekend. That has the Ed Carpenter Racing duo of Conor Daly and Rinus VeeKay riding in on Cloud 9.

Prior to the most recent race in the streets of Long Beach, Daly and VeeKay completed a successful one-day test at the flowing road course outside of Birmingham, Ala. One of Ed Carpenter Racing’s road course victories was recorded at Barber Motorsports Park when Josef Newgarden won the 2015 edition of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. 

“I’m very excited to go to Barber Motorsports Park this weekend,” Daly said. “We had a successful test there not too long ago and our cars were fast in the race last year. We have a lot of great momentum going right now and we want to keep that going heading into the Month of May. The BitNile Chevrolet is going to be very fast and we’re ready for another chance to fight at the front!”

Daly is now in his third season with Ed Carpenter Racing and first as full-time driver of the No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet.

The 2021 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama served as the season opener last year and marked Daly’s first NTT INDYCAR SERIES event at the track in several years. His season was off to a fast start as he advanced to the second round of qualifying and earned himself a Top 10 starting position. He persevered through a tough second half of the race, gaining positions as he could and ultimately finishing 16th.

For VeeKay, he’s scored back-to-back Top 10 finishes in the first two events of 2022. In the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, he made his first Firestone Fast 6 appearance in qualifying and finished 6th. At Texas Motor Speedway, he took the checkered flag in 10th. He led laps during both events and currently sits 7th in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season standings. 

Unfortunately for him, 5 turns into his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Barber Motorsports Park, VeeKay was caught in a Lap 1 incident of the 2021 season opener and found himself as the last car running. Fortunately though, smart strategy and a strong run from VeeKay launched him back into the front half of the field. At the end of 90 laps, he had worked all the way up to the 6th position. 

“Before Long Beach, we had a great test at Barber Motorsports Park and it made me even more excited to get back there! We have a fast car that can challenge for a Top 5. Ed Carpenter Racing has a strong history at Barber, which is also very good. I really like the track and it’s pretty beautiful in the spring. I might also get a haircut at Barber because it makes sense.”

The other good part is that after Barber we go to Indy. VeeKay, won the road course race last year and started on the front row for the Indy 500 too. Daly, made the Fast 6 on the IMS road course and led the most laps (40) in the ‘500 as well.

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