MADISON, Ill.—The momentum continues. Conor Daly drove one of the best IndyCar races of his career to crack the top-five with a hard fought fifth place finish in his No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsport Park Saturday night. Carlos Munoz’s ninth place finish in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet gave AJ Foyt Racing its first top-10 duo of the season.
“We had a good car all weekend,” Daly said when he climbed out of the car. “I was really upset with myself after qualifying, just had a big moment at the exit of (Turn) 1, but we redeemed ourselves. Then I tried to screw it up for myself again in the pits, but we were able to drive back. The car was just fantastic. I have to thank the team, I have to thank ABC Supply for sticking with us. I know it’s been a tough year, but I know we can do it. I know this team can do it. We’re just improving, and it takes time, this is a hard sport.”
Both drivers qualified in the top half of the field with Munoz starting eighth and Daly 11th. The race was slowed before a lap was completed due to Tony Kanaan’s spin on cold tires and a slick track in Turn 2. When the race resumed on lap 6, pacesetter Will Power spun in Turn 2 and collected Ed Carpenter, who became airborne, and Takuma Sato; none of them were injured but their cars were too damaged to continue.
On the restart, Munoz was in fourth and Daly in 10th by the time the race resumed on lap 18. The ABC Supply cars were the first cars on pit road during the first round of green flag pit stops and when the stops cycled out, Daly had ascended to ninth but Munoz dropped to 11th despite a problem-free stop.
Daly was having a spirited battle with Graham Rahal for seventh when the yellow came out for J.R. Hildebrand’s single car accident on lap 101 in Turn 4. By the halfway point of the 248-lap race, Daly continued his battle with Rahal while Munoz was fen