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Conor Daly to GP3 and Indy Lights

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted February 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm GP3, Indy Lights, Signing

Conor Daly
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Conor Daly will run a full GP3 campaign in 2011 with Carlin. In addition to his European endeavors, he will also run select non-conflicting Firestone Indy Lights events with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

The 19-year-old Indiana resident won the 2010 Star Mazda Championship — driving for Juncos Racing — with seven wins and 12 podiums in 13 starts. A portion of his 2011 season will be funded by Mazda as part of the Mazda Road to Indy.

Daly tested a GP3 machine with Carlin at Jerez last October, impressing team owner Trevor Carlin with his outright speed and detailed feedback.

This will be an extremely busy year for the talented up-and-comer, but I expect Daly will adapt just fine.

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  1. Timmy Thomas on February 17, 2011 11:36 pm

    Wow wonder how they talked themselves into this one? I think it is a insult to MAZDASPEED Driver development and Mazda Road to Indy. How many drivers in this country would have killed for this in the past 5 years? John Edwards? Adam Christo? Think it should be all or nothing and then MAZDASPEED could help the next driver in line with atleast half the top prize. Conor is a great driver and understandable he wants to give europe a try but I dont this his “management” should be allowed to play Mazda this way. Goodluck to Conor ! Good for them that they could pull it off but dont think its right

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