Conor Daly targeting Formula 1 future
3 January 2011 – The United States’ Conor Daly has explained how he aims to reach Formula 1, with the country set to host its returning Grand Prix in Texas from 2012 onwards. Having competed in the Star Mazda Championship in 2010, the 19-year-old is son of former Grand Prix racer Derek Daly of Ireland.
Born in Indiana in 1991, Conor began his karting career at the age of 10 before advancing to the World Karting Association and winning Grand National events in 2006. A move to car racing arrived a year later, with 2008 then marking a Formula Ford debut plus overall victory in the Skip Barber National Championship.
“American drivers don’t have much credibility in Europe,” he explained to the Austin Statesman, having clinched last year’s Star Mazda title courtesy of a record-breaking campaign featuring seven pole positions and nine race wins.
“To get to F1 you have to be in Europe. It's a big change for me; it's where I need to go and where I want to go. I guess I'm not a normal kid, I'm not at home very much.”
Although no plans are yet official for 2011, Daly hopes for a race seat in F1 feeder series GP3. “I think it will be the toughest challenge of my life, but that's why I'm in it,” he began to wrap up. “It's a challenge, but it will make me better.”