INDIANAPOLIS – Quick, take a guess on who the top lap leader for the entire group of Honda drivers is? We’ve only got four races to go in the entire 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and someone no one probably expected to be in this point is.
Everyone knew the kid had talent as I’ve been writing for the last several years that IndyCar needed to grab him when the Formula One gig didn’t work out. I was lobbying hard that once he got a full-time shot, we’d see that not only is he legit, but he’s a future star.
In his rookie season, Daly is showing us just that.
With a Dale Coyne Racing car, and nothing against Coyne, they just don’t have the budget or equipment of the Andretti Autosport’s, Schmidt-Peterson’s or Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing teams, but Daly has led more laps than any of their drivers.
Currently, Daly has led 56 laps this season while Ryan Hunter-Reay is in second with 55. He’s also led the most races out of the Honda camp as he’s been out front for five races with Graham Rahal in second with four.
Daly, has one top five and four top 10’s this season, but if not for having to pit late in both the Belle Isle and Mid-Ohio races, he could have won. He was just short on fuel in both events, but the key was, he was there.
He was also there in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. He led 14 laps at his hometown track.
The key is, no matter where he starts, he finds his way to the front and is leading. He’s smart, talented, fast and knows how to take care of his equipment that he’s been given.
Now, imagine where a young driver like that, leading the most laps in the entire Honda camp, would be with a shot with a Penske or Ganassi? I’m telling you now, this is just the start of a historic career because it’s only a matter of time before Daly wins. Once he does, they’re going to come in bunches.
He will win championships.
Multiple of them.