Wednesday evening was supposed to be the big moment for Conor Daly and The Money Team – their chance to make it into the Daytona 500. Unfortunately, their plans were spoiled when an electrical short melted a hole in an oil line. He will have to race his way in during the Duels on Thursday.
What you need to know:
- INDYCAR driver Conor Daly is attempting to qualify for his first ever Daytona 500.
- The opportunity for Daly comes with a partnership between his INDY sponsor BitNile and Floyd Mayweather’s “The Money Team”.
- Daly has gained popularity in NASCAR with fellow drivers and fans alike, and many want to see him succeed. Having a mechanical issue block hinder his chances to race on Sunday is disappointing for those who wish him well.
With Daly turning to wait and see mode, Dalton Hopkins was able to catch up with him in the garage.
Conor also tweeted about the incident and his outlook for racing his way in.
Around the Garage
Brian Keselowski who has experience in NASCAR as a racer and team owner, says this might have been preventable.
In the Stands
Fans of Daly are apprehensive of the lack of practice before the duels, but support their driver despite his team’s misfortune.
Twitter user Dillon is skeptical about TMT’s resources as issues like this rarely prevent Cup regulars from qualifying.
The incident leads many fans to question why NASCAR chose not to have practice prior to qualifying for the biggest race of the season.
From the Pressbox
Bob Pockrass had the story in real time on Twitter, giving specifics of the issue.
This incident makes Thursday’s duel races even more contentious with 2 spots locked up and only 2 left open. FS1 has the coverage of the high stakes sprints Thursday, February 16th at 7:00pm EST.