BELLE ISLE, MI – Conor Daly has had a dream weekend at Belle Isle. On Saturday, Daly finished a career best second after leading laps for the third race this year.
He was so happy he said it felt like a win.
Today though, he was ticked off after having his fast qualifying lap disallowed for getting in the run off, as he had to start a disappointing 21st.
He kept his poise and drove through the field to a sixth place finish on Sunday afternoon from the 2.35-mile Belle Isle street circuit, as today has to seem like a win too.
Yes, the track is bumpy, but Daly has to hope the series comes here more than twice a year, as he came home sixth in a reserve role in this very race a year ago as his last three Detroit finishes are sixth, second and sixth again.
Mix a sixth place effort in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May, and he has three sixth place finishes or better in his last four races.
Now, I get that Alexander Rossi won the Indianapolis 500 and is probably the Rookie of the Year right now, but to me, Daly is the Rookie of the Year at the midway mark of the season. He has the second most laps led of any Honda driver this year as he’s lead in nearly half the races this year.
He has out raced Rossi in nearly every race outside of the ‘500 as he’s an overall better driver right now and he’s doing it with a Coyne car.
Daly is close to win. It’s going to come soon.