Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda lead the way for 22 laps in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio before he was forced to pit to top off with fuel with less than ten laps to go.
Daly started the race from 22nd on the grid and came through the field to finish the race in sixth place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I figured out the car in the middle of the race, we kept locking the right front up so easily and I kept sailing off, even in the race. As soon as I sorted the brake bias, the car was amazing. We had to pit because the right front tire was destroyed. Because of that, we were about seven laps short of making it to the end at that point. We knew we couldn’t make it to the end so why not keep going and pushing. I tried to nail every single lap. We had a good enough car to stay up front and pull the gap that we needed. Sixth is about as good as we could’ve done in that scenario. I was just happy to pull away and lead like that for a stint. These guys kept their faith in me because I have driven the car off course all weekend. I’m just glad we could have a good finish.
RC Enerson making his Verizon IndyCar Series race debut in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda started the race in 18th place and suffered a fuel meter error and an aggressive pit call destroyed the 19 year old’s race and he went two laps down however he was able to get a lap back and finish the race in 19th place.
Speaking following the race, Enerson commented by saying:
We were really quick out there, the guys gave me a great car. We were the fastest Honda so that’s a plus side and we were quick all race but it just didn’t turn out our way. A lot of excitement today, but also a little bit of disappointment because I know we had a good car and we could have done a lot better but I’m pretty tired, my neck and my hands especially, so I have to work on that but we’ll keep pushing for it. For my debut, it really couldn’t have gone any better. Of course we would have liked to finish further up but this was a good start.”