Conor Daly staked claim to “victory” on the first day of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ annual Content Day, and there were no objections.
Daly arrived at INDYCAR’s preseason content-gathering event sporting a puffy mullet prepared by a professional stylist early Thursday morning.
“The commitment level is admirable,” fellow driver Josef Newgarden said of the 7 a.m. appointment.
Daly’s hairstyle drew significant attention on social media, with Will Power among those posting about it. Power called it “awesome.” INDYCAR newcomer Scott McLaughlin, the three-time Virgin Australia Supercars champion, called it “majestic.”
It was 8:24 a.m. when Daly created an Instagram story showing off his new, if not temporary, look. He said there was enough hairspray on his head “to light a house,” but he insisted it all would fit in a helmet, if necessary. A neatly trimmed beard completed the presentation.
Daly said it was important for him to keep pace with Newgarden off the track as well as on it. He said Newgarden looks “like a Greek god,” so hearing that his longtime friend approved of the look was a bonus.
“I thought he looked amazing,” Newgarden said. “It’s not for me, but it fits him.
“He is on brand for Conor Daly.”
For a second season, Daly will compete in the road and street races, plus the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, for Ed Carpenter Racing. That translates to 14 of the season’s 17 races. He is hoping to add the other three races with another team. The most logical is Carlin, which has Max Chilton competing on the non-ovals outside of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“I’m a ‘yes’ man,” Daly said of accepting opportunities to drive race cars. “I got that (approach) from Travis Pastrana.”
Fourteen INDYCAR drivers were put through Thursday’s Content Day paces at a downtown hotel, posing for photographs and being interviewed by broadcast and print media. The second half of the INDYCAR field will do the same Friday.
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