Conor Daly (24), is entering his first full season of INDYCAR this year, piloting the Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group #18 car for Dale Coyne Racing.
Daly, the son of professional race car driver Derek Daly (who reached the pinnacle of the sport, competing in Formula 1 and Indy cars for well over a decade), already had five starts in the Verizon IndyCar Series before entering the 2016 season.
He made his debut at the Indy 500 in 2014, driving for AJ Foyt Racing. The young American then made more starts in 2015, including his first with Dale Coyne Racing at Long Beach. His remarkable performances in Long Beach (set the second fastest Honda lap), Detroit and Toronto opened the door to his first full-time contract.
Conor started his career racing go-karts at the age of 10. Throughout his time in karting he won numerous races, championships, National titles and was elected ‘Junior Driver of the Year’ by Kart Racers of America in 2005. In 2006, he became the youngest driver in the country, at 14, to win a ‘senior’ Pro kart race when he won the Pro invitational race at the TAG World Championships.
Following his time in karting, Daly went on to race in the Skip Barber Series, where he won the National Championship in 2008. That same year he was also named the Ontario Formula Ford 1600 Rookie of the Year and won the Walter Hayes Formula Ford Trophy in Silverstone, England, representing Team USA.
After racing in the Star Mazda Championship and competing in Indy Lights races, Daly went on to race in GP3, the European Formula 1 support series where he scored two wins, one pole position and finished on the podium 11 times. Formula 1 came calling when Sahara Force India signed Conor as a test driver to handle their aero data mapping session.
In 2013, he made a remarkable GP2 debut in Malaysia where he finished seventh, setting the second fastest race lap.
Despite his success overseas, his passion led him to return to his homeland and join the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Bryan Clauson may be attempting to make only his third Indianapolis 500 field, but he is no stranger to racing. The 26 year old has been one of the most prolific drivers to come through USAC by racking up 72 career USAC wins and four championships. Clauson has captured over 160 total career feature wins in the Sprint Car, Midget, and Silver Crown ranks.
Luca Filippi is piloting the #19 Boy Scouts of America / Sonny’s Bar-B-Q car this season for Dale Coyne Racing. The Italian has spent the last three years competing in select races in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He made his INDYCAR debut in 2013 with Bryan Herta AutoSport and scored his best finish so far, in 2014, on the streets of Toronto with CFH Racing.
The Italian driver started in motorsports at the age of eight, racing go-karts. In 2002, he won the ‘Astra & Autosprint cercano piloti’ competition which earned him a season in the Mazda MX-5 Cup where he claimed a win and two podium finishes.
The following season, he moved up to the Formula Renault 2.0 Championship in Italy and the United Kingdom and proved himself as one of the most promising drivers. In 2004, he finished third in the Championship, with seven podium finishes.
His performances in Formula Renault got him noticed and he went on to win the Italian F3000 Championship in 2005 for Fisichella Motorsports with four wins and four poles in eight starts. Additionally, he served as a test driver for the Minardi Formula One team, a role he would also hold with the Honda F1 team later in his career.
Filippi then spent the next seven seasons, from 2006 to 2012, competing in the GP2 series. He won his first GP2 race in 2007 and had his best Championship season in 2011 when he placed second in the final standings, scoring three wins. That same year, he also finished second in the Auto GP Championship.
During his time in the main GP2 Series, Filippi also took part in GP2 Asia races where he finished second in the Championship in 2010.
For his final season in the GP2 Series, he competed in the final two rounds winning the feature race at Monza and winning the pole at Singapore.
In 2013, Filippi competed in the Super GT Class of the International GT Open, finishing fourth in the Championship with four wins in nine starts. He swept the doubleheader at Paul Ricard and won at the famed Nurburgring and Jerez tracks.
Having grown up as a race fan, Pippa Mann began her motorsport career in Europe, before moving to the States in 2009 to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. There she became the first female in history to win a pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and only the second woman ever to win an Indy Lights race. In 2011, Mann became the eighth woman in history to qualify for and race in the Indianapolis 500, and the first British female to do so, and in 2013 she made her return to the Indy 500 field, this time with Dale Coyne Racing. In addition to her racing commitments, the British driver is a regular voice on IMS Radio Network’s coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series, and has made guest appearances as co-presenter for NBCSN’s television coverage of the Firestone Indy Lights series. Mann also works with young and upcoming female drivers through her association with Glass Hammer Racing – an organization created to encourage the interest and participation of young women in motorsport.