Sunday, May 19, 2024

WOMEN’S PRELIMINARY – 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500


16: CONOR DALY No. 20 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet

BROADCAST OF COMPETITIONS: Sunday, May 28 – 11:00 a.m. ET (NBC)
STATE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval
LOCATION: Speedway, Indiana, United States
WORK PRESENTATION: 2.5 mile oval

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• The next time Ed Carpenter Racing’s three NTT INDYCAR SERIES Chevrolet-powered cars take to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval, it will be for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500. For the third consecutive year, Rinus VeeKay was qualified on the front row with his best starting position at the 2nd oval of the year. Team owner Ed Carpenter will compete in his 20th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, which he will start on the inside of row 5 in 13th. Conor Daly will start in 16th, one row behind Carpenter, in his tenth 500.

• ECR’s first season of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition was 2012, making the 2023 Indianapolis 500 the team’s 12th. For 11 of those 12 years, ECR has had at least one car qualify on the top three rows. With the exception of 2015, when the Firestone Fast Nine was canceled due to weather, ECR has been in every shootout for pole position since 2013 (now the Firestone Fast Six). For the 9th time in 11 years, a Chevrolet ECR will start on the front row of the Indianapolis 500. For the fourth year in a row, VeeKay is the fastest Chevrolet driver in the field.

• Ed Carpenter Racing’s three kits are fully supported by BITNILE.COM, a rapidly growing virtual world. BITNILE.COM launched an early release version of the metaverse on March 1 to coincide with the start of the 2023 season and already has over 1,000,000 engaged users. A number of new features and functionalities continue to be added including e-commerce, live streaming entertainment and social networking. The platform’s first social gaming release is Roulette, featured in Daly’s #20.


CONOR DALY, no. 20 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet, starting on the 16th: I am definitely very excited about this event. We have proven in most practice sessions that we can run strongly in race conditions. We want to give everything we have to our partners at BITNILE.COM. This has been one of my best races in the last couple of years. We want to go to the front, we know how to get there. The goal is to beat everyone else and that’s the plan!”


• For the 10th time Conor Daly will compete in the Indianapolis 500. At the end of the first day of qualifying, he had secured the 16th place for the number 20. BITNILE.COM Chevrolet. Daly’s first of three qualifying attempts was held as his fastest with an average speed of 232.433 mph.

• Born and raised in Noblesville, Ind., Daly has become a hometown favorite at the Indianapolis 500. Beginning in 2020, Daly has competed with Ed Carpenter Racing. When he moved to the front in 2021, he not only paced the field for the first time, but would go on to lead the most laps of any driver. In 2022, Daly once again led and finished a career-best sixth. The 31-year-old also made his 100th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start last month.


RINUS WEEKAY, No. 21 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet, starting at 2: “I’m so excited for my fourth Indy 500! I’m starting from the middle of the first row, which is the best so far. I have been looking forward to this for a very long time. I’m ready to race with my teammates Conor Daly and Ed Carpenter, hopefully they can get to the front soon and we can work together as a team! It will be a long race, I want to stay in the game until the end so I can fight for the win. This is my goal! I really want to win this race and I want to do it for the team. Ed Carpenter Racing has been working on this for 12 years now. It’s a team effort and we want to make it happen. See you in 500 miles!”


• For the third year in a row, VeeKay will have one of the best looks in the 33-car field as he starts on the front row of the Indianapolis 500. After qualifying third the past two years, VeeKay improved his position this year and will start on the 2nd sunday. The 22-year-old Dutch driver missed out on pole position by just three-thousandths of a mile per hour, with his four-lap average of 234.211mph beaten only by Alex Palou’s 234.217mph.

• The 2023 Indianapolis 500 will be VeeKay’s fourth, each of which has included a milestone. Starting fourth in his first 500 in 2020, he recorded the best qualifying result by a teenager in Indy 500 history. In 2021, he became the youngest first-row qualifier ever to start third and finished a career-best eighth. Last year, VeeKay was fastest on Day 1 and set what was then the 4th fastest average speed over 4 laps. Records continued to be broken in 2023 and VeeKay’s four lap average on the Firestone Fast 6 is now the 3rd fastest 4 lap average speed. He is also the fastest Chevrolet driver in the field for the fourth consecutive year.


ED CARPENTER, no. 33 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet, starting on the 13th: It’s always a long month, but the time has finally come. We got to do what we’re really here for, which is racing the Indy 500! I’m always super excited about it. I’m very happy with the two weeks of preparation we’ve had since we’ve been here. I feel very confident that we have something better than what we have had in the last two years. I’m optimistic that this could be the one!”


• In less than two days, Ed Carpenter will make his 20th start in the Indianapolis 500. The 42-year-old will start from 13th on the inside of Row 5. Last Saturday, he made three qualifying effort with his first fastest at 232.689 mph. Carpenter No. 33 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet missed out on advancing in Sunday’s Top 12 qualifying by just 0.02 seconds.

• Carpenter is the only individual in the 33-car field to handle the responsibility of driving and owning his team. The Indianapolis native cemented his status as the hometown favorite by winning pole positions in 2013 and 2014; in 2018, he became just the 10th driver to collect three or more Indy 500 poles in the race’s century-long history. Some of his strongest finishes have come in recent years, including a runner-up finish after leading the most laps in 2018 and a 5th-place finish in 2021. Later in the season, Carpenter will make his 200th start of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.



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