Monday, May 20, 2024

QUALIFYING NOTES: Barber Motorsports Park

9: RINUS WEEKAY 01:06.1222 (125.223 mph)
20: CONOR DALY 01:06.4810 (124.547 mph)

COMPETITION: Alabama Indy Kids Grand Prix
TRACK: Berber Motorsports Park
LOCATION: Leeds, Alabama, United States
WORK PRESENTATION: 2.3 miles permanent road, with 17 turns
DURING THE COMPETITION: 90 laps

TRANSMISSION: Sunday – 2pm CT (NBC)

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, no. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, qualified 20: “We’re certainly not starting as far back as we were in Long Beach, which is helpful! We started moving forward in Long Beach, so we’re looking to do the same here. I think we have a chance to go forward as there was some confusion from one set of tires to another in our qualifying session. We lost the balance of the car a little in our second set. Just a shame, it’s very, very tight; very very close. I’m happy that Rinus (VeeKay) was able to make a good qualifying run. Obviously, we need a good race tomorrow. Hopefully, we can do some magic and move forward.”

FOR NOTE:

Conor Daly finished today’s qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park with two sets of red Firestone Firehawk tires. His fastest lap of 1:06.4810 had him 10th at the end of Round 1, Group 2 and he would not advance. He will start tomorrow’s race at the Alabama Children’s Grand Prix from 20th position.

Daly is now in his fourth season with ECR and second as full-time driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet. 20 BITNILE.COM. At the most recent event, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Daly achieved a career milestone as he competed in his 100th NTT INDYCAR SERIES race. He will also make his 10th start in the Indianapolis 500 next month.

• This year’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Barber Motorsports Park will be Daly’s fifth. When the event served as the season opener in 2021, Daly advanced to the second round of qualifying and earned a starting position in the Top 10. In the 2022 edition, minimal opportunities to advance left Daly with a 19th-place finish .

RINUS WEEKAY, NO. 21 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET

RINUS WEEKAY, No. 21 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet, Qualified 9th: “I am proud of the boys! We’ve struggled this weekend, so getting into the Top 10 almost feels like pole position. This morning I was 20th pushing hard but we made a big jump forward. Now we have a fast car. Really, our race pace has been good in all three races this season, we’ve just had a bunch of bad luck and no results. We also haven’t been able to put it together in the qualifiers, but this time we did! The team worked really hard and it paid off.”

FOR NOTE:

• Rinus VeeKay earned his first Top 10 finish of the season today, qualifying 9th at Barber Motorsports Park. He finished 6th in Round 1, Group 1, which earned him a place in Round 2. His fast lap of 1:06.1222 will put him on the inside of row 5 coming into tomorrow’s green flag .

The Alabama Indy Kids Grand Prix will be a historic event for VeeKay as he begins his 50th NTT INDYCAR SERIES tomorrow. The 22-year-old has spent his entire NTT INDYCAR SERIES career with Ed Carpenter Racing and is the team’s longest-serving full-time driver, now in his fourth season behind the wheel of the No. 1 Chevrolet. 21 BITNILE.COM.

• VeeKay won his second career NTT P1 at Barber Motorsports Park in 2022 and started from pole position. He led 57 of 90 laps last year before settling for third. In his two starts at Barber, VeeKay has not finished 6th.

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