Yesterday, it was announced that Conor Daly, racecar driver and son of former Fomula One and Champ Car driver Derek Daly, will be driving full time with Dale Coyne Racing for the 2016 Verizon Indycar Series season. Ok, so why am I writing about this on our Diabetes Blog? Conor Daly will be the second Indycar driver to represent us People with Diabetes. Who is the first? Charlie Kimball of Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. I am beyond excited!
Conor has been driving in some form since he was 10 years old. He’s been around Indycar driving all his life since he’s dad was in racing. He’s driven in racing series all over the globe including Formula Mazda, GP2, GP3, Formula One (as a test driver for Sahara Force India,), Indy Lights, and now a full-time ride at Indycar. You may also have seen him in well known races as the 24 hours of Daytona and the Indianapolis 500.
“This is truly the most meaningful announcement of my career,” said Conor Daly. “After experiencing what I have in my career, especially the last three years, it is an incredible honor and opportunity to work with Dale Coyne Racing for a full season. To be able to go head to head and take the fight to other drivers every weekend is very exciting. I cannot thank Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group and all of Jonathan Byrd’s Racing’s partners enough for their effort in putting this program together. I am ready to get to work and try my best to outwork everyone else in the field every weekend to get results for this team.”
What does that say to me? It says that we have an exciting and competitive year of Indycar racing ahead of us. Conor Daly was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes in 2007 when he was 15 years old. (Eerie tidbit, Charlie Kimball was also diagnosed in 2007.) Back to Conor: If you look at his driving accomplishments, you will find that his biggest accomplishments were made post diagnosis, so take that Diabetes!
I cannot wait to see him in action this year. I also cannot wait to buy myself a Conor Daly/Dale Coyne T-shirt to get my selfie on in. Much like my Charlie Kimball selfies!
To read more on Conor Daly, go to his website at http://www.conordaly.net and follow him at on Twitter at @conordaly22 .
Cut the BS…I mean Blood Sugar, y’all!!!
2 replies on “Second Person with Diabetes in Verizon Indycar Series for 2016 Season”
Great post. Technically, Conor’s been in the Indy 500 for a few years now. This is just the first year that Lilly is sponsoring him. 😉
Thanks, Mike! I guess I meant 2nd T1D driving full time…but I’m quite excited about the Lilly sponsorship. He seemed a little “in the closet” about his Diabetes. I almost blogged about it until the news of the sponsorship. I feel honored that you read this post!