NTT IndyCar Series drivers Conor Daly, Santino Ferrucci and James Davison have recieved praise from NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon who has been impressed with how the trio adapted to competing in the Chilli Bowl.

The event which is seen as the Super Bowl of midget dirt racing was on last week with Ed Carpenter Racing’s Conor Daly, Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Santino Ferrucci and James Davison doing extremely well in the event.

Speaking about what the trio did, Gordon said:

While I don’t recommend this approach to anyone, I have a lot of respect for those that attempt it. “(The Chili Bowl) is no joke!”

“I’ve watched many races and I can see what you need to do, but to actually do it yourself is the challenging part,” Davison said of dirt-track racing against such a loaded field. “It’s a lot harder to do than it looks like from the outside.

“There’s no substitute for experience, right? Experience brings confidence to start going faster and slide (the car) more. I’m not quite there yet.”

While James Davison is likely to attempt to qualify for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in May, Conor Daly and Santino Ferrucci will join the rest of the NTT IndyCar Series drivers at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas next month.

Daly who has joined Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2020 season on a partial programme for road and street course events which will also likely include the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 24 will line up on the grid for the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg as will Santino Ferrucci who it was announced last week will drive the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda for Vasser Sullivan with Dale Coyne Racing which was vacated by Sebastien Bourdais.

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season kicks off from March 13 – 15. For further information visit

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