WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- It appears the many changes that AJ Foyt Racing undertook this season are starting to pay off. Since Mid-Ohio, either Conor Daly or Carlos Munoz has finished in the top 10, and that momentum continued at Watkins Glen International where Munoz finished 10th and Daly 11th.
For Munoz, it was the third straight top-10 finish and the second time he transferred out of Round 1 in knockout qualifying.
The 60-lap INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen proved to be very entertaining with racing action going on throughout the field. After the lap 1 pit stop for nearly the entire field to change from rain tires to slicks, the ABC Supply Chevrolets were both in the top 10. Munoz was seventh and Daly was 10th which is where they ran until their lap 15 fuel stop.
Five cars didn’t pit and that helped shuffle both Munoz and Daly towards the back of the field. Over the course of the next stint, they climbed back to 12th and 13th respectively. They shuffled back a bit after the next stop as they were on the slower black tires but had climbed back to 13th and 14th before their final stop on lap 44. A full course caution for the pit road exit accident involving Josef Newgarden and Sebastien Bourdais, enabled Munoz and Daly to advance to 11th and 12th respectively.
The green came out on lap 49, and by lap 55 both drivers passed Marco Andretti to advance to 10th and 11th. Munoz started pressuring Simon Pagenaud but could not shake the defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion who held on to finish ninth, followed closely by Munoz and Daly.