Daly wins at Barber … in Super Trofeo sports car race with PPM
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Conor Daly is set to
drive for Andretti Autosport in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by
Gainbridge, but he already has race wins this season in other
Daly was victorious Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park in his debut in
the Lamborghini Super Trofeo sports car series running in support of the
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst race weekend for
the NTT IndyCar Series. (Daly is shown above being congratulated as he
drives through pit lane by friend and fellow NTT IndyCar Series driver
Co-driver Brandon Gdovic started fifth in the No. 46 entry but
quickly moved to second place by the end of the first lap and took the
lead following a rough driving penalty to former NTT IndyCar Series and
Indy Lights driver Richard Antinucci, the nephew of 1998 Indianapolis
500 winner Eddie Cheever.
Gdovic then handed the car over to Daly, who maintained first place
to win his first Super Trofeo race in the 2019 season opener.
“It was fun, man,” Daly said. “A lot to learn, I mean, the car was
changing. The longest stint I had done in the car (before the race) was
four laps, so the car was changing a little bit and I had to adjust the
brakes a bit, but it was fun. Working through traffic was super sketchy
but that’s part of the game, everyone’s got to do that.
“It’s just a nice feeling to get a win again and, so far, I’m
actually undefeated,” Daly added with a smile. “I won both races in the
AER (American Endurance Racing) series and now this race, so I’ve got to
keep going and win the race (Sunday). I’ve won every (sports car) race
I’ve been in this year, so hopefully we can keep that going.”
Daly was referring to his two AER wins at Road Atlanta in February.
To secure Saturday’s win in Super Trofeo – where drivers race identical
Lamborghini Huracans in four classes – he had to hold off Corey Lewis
during the last half of the race.
“It’s great when you can get a win fighting off good competition,”
said Daly, whose entry was in the Pro class, “so we’ll go on to (Sunday)
and see what happens. I’m happy, just thankful for the chance to drive.
Not a lot of chances these days to just come in and truly be a driver,
and that’s what this is and I’m very thankful for it.”
Former Road to Indy standout Jake Eidson also competed, winning the
Pro-Am class and finishing fourth overall. It was Eidson’s first race in
North America after spending 2018 competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup
“I love this track,” said Eidson. “To me, this almost feels like a
home track just because of how much I’ve come here and this track has a
lot of special memories. Kind of sentimental value but to get another
class win here feels great.”
The second Super Trofeo race of the Barber weekend begins at 1:55
p.m. ET Sunday, ahead of the NTT IndyCar Series main event at 4 p.m.
(NBCSN and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).