Conor Daly to drive #88 BC Forever car in honor of Bryan Clauson …

Posted: August 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Plainfield, Illinois (August 16, 2016) – The entire Dale Coyne Racing team enters the race weekend at Pocono Raceway with heavy hearts following the loss of their Indianapolis 500 teammate Bryan Clauson over a week ago. To honor his memory, Conor Daly will be driving the #88 BC Forever Honda-Dallara entry at the ABC Supply 500.

Clauson, who passed away from injuries sustained in a race incident at the Belleville Midget Nationals on August 6, ran the Indianapolis 500 this year with DCR in the same Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality/Cancer Treatment Centers of America green, white and dark gray livery on his #88 machine run by Daly throughout the season.

Clauson was on a mission this year, ‘Chasing 200’ race starts in his ‘Circular Instanity’ tour and his Indy 500 teammates are now looking to help him reach that goal while paying tribute to him, in their own way, with Daly driving the #88 BC Forever machine and Mann wearing a special decal on her helmet.

In driving the Dale Coyne Racing #88 BC Forever Honda-Dallara Daly commented: “It means a lot to our whole team to be driving the #88 BC Forever entry this weekend. I think everyone enjoyed working with Bryan throughout the month of May. Jonathan and David Byrd have sort of accepted us into their family. They already had a big racing program with Bryan and then they added me and Dale Coyne Racing to that as well. It’s going to be a great way to pay tribute and obviously a little extra motivation to ‘Park it’ in Victory Lane for Bryan. I’m excited for the Pocono event because it’s a 500-mile race and another big chance to get a lot of experience on another oval, this time a triangular one. I was at the race at Pocono last year so I saw how crazy the restarts were and how good the racing was, so I’m just looking forward to being a part of that. We’ve had strong cars at all the superspeedway package ovals so we’re hoping to continue that same trend. We’re going there with a lot of unknowns but I look forward to learning about the place and getting up to speed.”

This weekend’s event marks the first official visit to the 2.5-mile track for Daly who will be able to count on teammate Pippa Mann’s experience at the triangular oval as she makes her third appearance.

Aboard the #19 entry will be another of Clauson’s teammates from May, Pippa Mann, who returns to the team for the second 500-mile race of the season, a race Clauson told her he would have loved to take part in.  Mann tied her career best finish at Pocono Raceway last season with the Coyne team finishing 13th after starting a career best 17th. She also finished in the Top 15 at Pocono in 2013.

In discussing driving the Dale Coyne Racing #19 Boy Scouts of America HondaDallara, Mann stated: “The past week has been incredibly tough for everyone in the racing family, and I’m among those who have been feeling the loss of a friend, and a teammate. When I heard from Dale (Coyne) last week that he had decided that I would drive the #19 car this weekend, it meant so much to me, because it gives me the opportunity to be one of the drivers helping Bryan reach his 200 starts this year.  “I’m also adding an edited version of the BC Still Chasing 200 logo to my helmet for this weekend so I can carry him with me for the race. He told me this May he always wanted to run this race, so I hope between Conor and I, he sees this as us making those starts for him.

Daly and Mann will have a 90-minute morning practice session on Saturday, August 20 ahead of the the 1:30pm ET qualifying session.

The ABC Supply 500 will be broadcast live on NBCSN starting at 3pm on Sunday, August 21.

Live timing and scoring will be available for all sessions on www.indycar.com

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16c_1355modwebAbout Conor Daly

Born: December 15, 1991
Hometown: Noblesville, Indiana

Conor Daly (24), is entering his first full season of INDYCAR this year, piloting the Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group #18 car for Dale Coyne Racing.

Daly, the son of professional race car driver Derek Daly (who reached the pinnacle of the sport, competing in Formula 1 and Indy cars for well over a decade), already had five starts in the Verizon IndyCar Series before entering the 2016 season.

He made his debut at the Indy 500 in 2014, driving for AJ Foyt Racing. The young American then made more starts in 2015, including his first with Dale Coyne Racing at Long Beach. His remarkable performances in Long Beach (set the second fastest Honda lap), Detroit and Toronto opened the door to his first full-time contract.

Conor started his career racing go-karts at the age of 10. Throughout his time in karting he won numerous races, championships, National titles and was elected ‘Junior Driver of the Year’ by Kart Racers of America in 2005. In 2006, he became the youngest driver in the country, at 14, to win a ‘senior’ Pro kart race when he won the Pro invitational race at the TAG World Championships.

Following his time in karting, Daly went on to race in the Skip Barber Series, where he won the National Championship in 2008. That same year he was also named the Ontario Formula Ford 1600 Rookie of the Year and won the Walter Hayes Formula Ford Trophy in Silverstone, England, representing Team USA.

After racing in the Star Mazda Championship and competing in Indy Lights races, Daly went on to race in GP3, the European Formula 1 support series where he scored two wins, one pole position and finished on the podium 11 times. Formula 1 came calling when Sahara Force India signed Conor as a test driver to handle their aero data mapping session.

In 2013, he made a remarkable GP2 debut in Malaysia where he finished seventh, setting the second fastest race lap.  Despite his success overseas, his passion led him to return to his homeland joining the Verizon IndyCar Series.

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16c_3325About Pippa Mann

Born: August 11, 1983
Hometown: London, England
Resides: Indianapolis, Indiana

Having grown up as a race fan, Pippa Mann began her motorsport career in Europe, before moving to the States in 2009 to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. There she became the first female in history to win a pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and only the second woman ever to win an Indy Lights race.

In 2011, Mann became the eighth woman in history to qualify for and race in the Indianapolis 500, and the first British female to do so, and in 2013 she made her return to the Indy 500 field, this time with Dale Coyne Racing.

In addition to her racing commitments, the British driver is a regular voice on IMS Radio Network’s coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series, and has made guest appearances as co-presenter for NBCSN’s television coverage of the Firestone Indy Lights series.

Mann also works with young and upcoming female drivers through her association with Glass Hammer Racing – an organization created to encourage the interest and participation of young women in motorsport.

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