Conor Daly Fastest At Autobahn Test Then Prepares For Iowa This Weekend Noblesville, July 7, 2009: Mazdaspeed driver Conor Daly and his Andersen Racing team completed a successful testing program at Autobahn Raceway in Joliet, IL last week. The...
Conor Daly Fastest At Autobahn Test Then Prepares For Iowa This Weekend
Noblesville, July 7, 2009: Mazdaspeed driver Conor Daly and his Andersen Racing team completed a successful testing program at Autobahn Raceway in Joliet, IL last week. The team went through a range of tasks in preparation for the team's Star Mazda doubleheader in two weeks, before re-focusing on this weekend's event at Iowa.
Conor and his engineer Mike Reggio worked through the typical range of setups for a new track, and had to immediately overcome some challenges since Autobahn doesn't lend itself to an easy balance due to the track's irregular surface. Additionally, with 20 turns to learn and then figuring out how the fast line works, many drivers find a new track daunting. Nonetheless, Daly found the groove quickly and ended the day up fastest.
"This was a good test for us and we learned a lot that we can use during the doubleheader," Conor said. "The track is very bumpy so we went with a soft setup and the car seemed to like the changes. The Autobahn doubleheader will also be important to me personally since the event will be the nearest race I have to "home" ground and many of my family and friends will be there. However, having said that, a more pressing concern right now will be dealing with the unique quality of an single-day event at Iowa this Friday. Since the race will be my first time under the lights, and dealing with side-by-side racing at night will be both fun and really intense. Additionally, we'll also face technical challenges since we're running with the ARCA ReMax guys, and putting all that stock car rubber down will significantly alter the grip level. But we'll figure it out because I have the best team in the paddock."
Conor is one of five race winners this season in the thirteen round Star Mazda championship having won the fourth round of the series in dominating style at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, June 13th. He currently lies seventh in the championship.