Last year, James Hinchcliffe was forced to miss the Honda Indy Toronto as a result of injuries sustained in a practice crash at Indianapolis.
Enter Conor Daly.
Daly took on the role of filling in for the hometown hero, driving the No.5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda to a 12th-place finish.
The Indiana native is back in Toronto this year, racing full-time for Dale Coyne Racing this weekend.
“It was cool to race here last year, subbing for Hinch,” he told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “Glad that he’s back racing, and I get to race as well. It should be fun. The track has changed from last year and extremely different now this year. It should be interesting.”
Daly enters this weekend with some momentum on his side after posting second- and sixth-place finishes in the most recent street course events on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
“On street and road courses, we’ve been strong, so I’m planning to use that momentum to continue to do well,” he said. “We’ve got a good group of guys so just have to pull them together in the right way.”
While he has seen the Toronto track previously, he’s dealt with the new challenge of the reconfigured Turn 8 through 10 section, like his fellow competitors.
“It’s totally different,” he said. “It’s a whole new track now. I wish it was different and like last year, but it’s the same for everyone. We’ll adjust to it and go racing.”
A solid performance could bode well after a pair of 21st-place finishes so far this month. So far, this weekend isn’t going as well as hoped as Daly was 20th in the Saturday morning practice session.
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