A.J. Foyt Racing recently began relocating one of their cars to Indianapolis from their established base in Houston, Texas. On Wednesday, the 2017 driver of that car, Conor Daly, visited their new home for the first time. After his visit at the shop, Daly spoke with the Slipstream Network to discuss– among many things– his prospects for 2017.
The American enters his second season of full-time IndyCar action with the team that first brought him to the Verizon IndyCar Series in the 2013 Indy 500. Since his IndyCar debut with the team, Daly kept Foyt on his radar while Foyt did the same with Daly. In 2017, the stars (and stripes) align to bring Daly back to the red, white, and blue outfit. The homecoming of sorts has Daly eager to see seat time in his new Dallara.
“All the guys are hired for my team and are moving in next week to get the shop going,” Daly said of the team’s transition to Indianapolis.
“A lot of our Ganassi body work is in the shop in Indianapolis, ” Daly said. The Foyt squad looks to switch from Honda to Chevrolet power plants and aero kits in 2017. Daly’s remarks imply a swap of Chevy and Honda bits from Foyt to Ganassi as Chip Ganassi Racing moves to Honda.
Aside from A.J. Foyt Racing’s partial move to Indianapolis and the switch to Chevy power in 2017, the team also sees two fresh faces next year in the form of Daly and Carlos Munoz. Jack Hawksworth who, along with Takuma Sato, departed Foyt at season’s end recently provided rather negative insight into the Foyt team’s inner workings. Daly took issue with Hawksworth’s negativity.
“I thought it was quite unfair for Jack to say a lot of those things,” Daly said. “Larry (Foyt) was very good to Jack and said (A.J. Foyt Racing) wanted to give him another shot (in 2016) because they didn’t feel like they gave him the best chance,” Daly added, noting that he had been in contact with Foyt about the 2016 seat occupied by Hawksworth before landing at Dale Coyne Racing.
Apart from his 2017 prospects and the changes within A.J. Foyt Racing, Daly also touched on his preference for standing starts, his takeaways from 2016, and his continuation of red, white, and blue liveried cars in the Indianapolis 500.
Listen to the full interview on this week’s Push to Pass Podcast.
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