Conor Daly, who was confirmed today as an AJ Foyt Racing driver in 2017 alongside Carlos Munoz, says IndyCar teams should follow Formula 1’s lead and pay attention to the “genuinely more hungry” youth.
Both Daly and Munoz are 24 years old, and the Indiana native is convinced that this makes them more willing to push to the nth degree, compared with some of their rivals.
He told media today: “Larry and A.J. [Foyt], they're embracing the future. That's one thing that I really want to see even more teams do. I believe there are a lot of other young drivers out there, as well, who deserve to be in full-time.
“I'm happy that we've got this opportunity, Carlos and I, at the Foyt Racing team. I think we are absolutely going to push each other. We want to win so badly. I haven't experienced it. Carlos has won.
“I just think we are genuinely more hungry. We have to be more hungry to win because we haven't experienced it yet, or as much as the veterans. We're pushing at the absolute limit and even over the limit just to be perfect and try to get better to take advantage of this situation.
“It's not easy to get a seat in IndyCar. It's not guaranteed for a long time. So we know we have to do our best every time out there.”
Daly admitted that the situation was difficult, given the IndyCar car count compared with the number of drivers trying to break into the series, but says he believes young drivers can prove themselves at this level.
“We need more teams in the series and we need more cars, for sure,” he said. “It's just the current state of affairs.
“We've got some young guys. We got Josef [Newgarden] going to Penske, got Alexander Rossi, got me and Carlos, which is sort of part of that next generation.
“I'm excited to try and push and make sure that we as a group of young folks can prove to the other team owners that, ‘Hey, we can do it.’
“There's a reason Formula 1 teams are hiring 17-year-olds and 18-year-olds. It's because they can do it. It's the will to really push absolutely at the limit. It's something that I'm happy to be a part of.”