Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’a Hospitality Honda had a great race in the opening Verizon IndyCar Series event at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand prix of Detroit (The Dual In Detroit).
Daly started the race 16th place on the grid and made his way through the field to claim his first every podium finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series coming home in second place just behind race winner Sébastien Bourdais.
Speaking following the race Conor Daly commented by saying:
“This feels like a win. I can’t believe we were trying to go after (Sebastien) Bourdais and trying to defend against (Juan Pablo) Montoya. I used to watch these guys here. It’s crazy. This is why you do it. To get on the podium. We made it this time, now we need to do it more. It was a lot harder than I thought. I’m cramping up all over. I’ve got to get hydrated because it was a tough race and my thumbs are bleeding but the car is good though so I’ll drive it like that anytime! We were able to prove that we had a good car and this car has been good all weekend. It’s just sweet. We’ve been through a lot this year, especially coming off of Indy. That was such a punch in the gut. We had a great car there too. We’re always having to fight from the back. We’re only making things difficult on ourselves. I’m still a rookie at this so there’s a lot for me to learn but gosh the guys on the stand called a beautiful race.
“(On decision not to take tires at the end) Thanks Firestone. Yeah, it was great. The tires lasted all the way to the end. So, it was amazing because they kept getting better. It was really awesome and it just gave us a shot to fight for the top three.