It seems as if Conor Daly has been on the radar of IndyCar fans since he was in diapers. The 21 year-old driver and 2010 Star Mazda champ has had a few Indy Lights races under his belt, but his last two years have been mainly consumed with GP3. While Europe still seems to be his focus, he’s also been open to driving IndyCars where the possibility presents itself. You can’t get a much better possibility than Indy. Interestingly enough, if he did qualify for the 2013 500, it would be exactly 30 years after his father, Derek Daly, raced in his last Indy 500. Conor may be the youngest and relatively least-experienced driver of the three when it comes to IndyCar, but his presence would clearly be welcomed by a lot of fans.
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Alex Lloyd is the most experienced driver of the three when it comes to the 500, and certainly brings a reputation for getting what he can out of even lower-tier rides. His 4th place finish in 2010 will not quickly be forgotten, nor will his heroics in willing a misbehaving Coyne machine through a teeth-clenching qualifying run on Bump Day in 2011. He definitely seems to get what Indy is all about. As a plus, he’s a hugely entertaining writer, and has gathered somewhat of a following for his series of articles over at Jalopnik (warning: potentially NSFW). Lloyd would be an asset to the series in both his driving and his writing, and I’d still love to see a team pick him up for the full season. Still, if we get him for at least Indy, that’s a good start.
Who would my pick be? As much I’d love to see Daly get a shot at Indy sometime, I’m having a very tough time not picking Lloyd or Baguette. Both have some good experience under their belt, both have good finishes at Indy, and both are the sort of smart, competitive driver you want to see at Indianapolis. Again, though, this is a question where I don’t think there is a wrong answer among the three. Daly, Baguette, and Lloyd all have their strengths as choices for that ride.
Honestly, all three are terrific drivers, and I feel a case could be made for all three in terms of being the best/most entertaining/most deserving entry. I’m sure as we draw closer to spring matters will come into clearer focus, but for now, the Foyt team has left us with a heck of a riddle to ponder.
So, how about it? Who would your pick be for the Foyt #41 car this year at Indianapolis?