Daly leads laps again, finishes 6th in Sunday’s 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS — Conor Daly said following a top 5 finish in the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course that he was feeling it. The Ed Carpenter Racing organization was coming into the oval action during the Month of May with a pole and podium result via Rinus VeeKay in Barber, a top 5 by Daly in Indy and now changing over to focus on the 2.5-mile oval to where Daly led the most laps in the race last year.

Then he qualified 18th in his No. 20 Dallara-Chevrolet. However, it was 1 spot better than last year and by the second pit stop, he was 12th. the 200 mile mark, Daly was in the lead. He improved a ton of spots and was running a great race.

Daly was going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Daly recorded a career-best result at the Indianapolis 500 today, finishing 6th. He started 18th, but had worked his way up to 12th. A fortuitously-timed caution flag right after that stop vaulted him up to 2nd. From there, Daly raced with the leaders, even pacing the field himself for seven laps. He stayed in the Top 5 for nearly 100 laps. On the final restart of the race, coming to the checkered flag, he picked up one more position to finish 6th. 

“Ed Carpenter Racing did a great job all month,” Daly said. “We knew we could run up front in the BitNile Chevrolet and we got there. The strategy is exactly what we wanted. We got a little lucky with the first yellow, but we passed cars when we needed to. Once we got to the front, we could run there, we could stay there, and that was the goal. I really enjoyed racing with Scott (Dixon). The guys up front are smart, respectful, and I just enjoy it. It was just fun to have a shot at it. I’m thankful to be here and have a 6th.”

The Ganassi and AMSP guys were just too good so Daly finished second best in the next class to his buddy Alexander Rossi.

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