May 19 - Bump Day
INDIANAPOLIS May 19, 2013— This past week IndyCar rookie Conor Daly experienced many of the highs and lows that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway offers. After a wreck in practice earlier in the week, and exhaust header problems in a qualifying attempt on Pole Day, Daly could have been expected to be bumpy on Bump Day today.
However, the 21-year-old Indiana native kept his cool and his smile and qualified the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda for the Indianapolis 500. Daly posted four laps in the 223 mph range for a combined average speed of 223.582 mph. He will start 31st, on the inside of row 11 alongside 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier who is the oldest driver in the starting field at age 45. Katherine Legge is the final qualifier who will start 33rd.
“I’m very excited to get into the race,” Daly said. “The guys worked awful hard and did an awesome job getting everything put together for today. It’s an amazing feeling for me because I grew up here and I always watched this race. I was here at 5:30 every Race morning except last year because I was racing in Europe. But now I’m going to be here getting suited up and ready to drive. It’s very, very, very cool.”
Teammate Takuma Sato spent the day pounding around the track logging miles in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda as the engineers worked on the race setup.