Conor Daly has participated in a variety of open wheel racing series in preparation of his debut Verizon IndyCar Series season. Daly began karting at age 10 and quickly moved into car racing full time. He completed two seasons in the Star Mazda Championship before moving up to Indy Lights. In 2011, Daly competed in five Firestone Indy Lights races and scored a sensational win at Grand Prix of Long Beach which vaulted him to the lead of the championship. He then made the difficult decision to leave the Indy Lights championship and move to Europe. Daly spent the next four season racing in GP3, GP2, and acting as an F1 test driver for Sahara Force India.
2015 provided Daly his first chance to prove himself as an IndyCar driver. With only 45 minutes notice, Daly strapped into the No. 18 entry for Dale Coyne Racing at Long Beach. With limited practice and without having any experience in the current car, Daly drove to what some described as the most impressive 17th place finish in memory. Daly went on to make several other starts in place of James Hinchcliffe during the 2015 season and earned a career best sixth place finish in Detroit. Despite these unexpected opportunities, a full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series was always the goal.
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.
Tristan Vautier caught the motorsport bug at age 4 when his father, Eric, who had just set up the Laquais circuit, let him try his hand at karting. Five years later, Vautier asked him for a proper racing kart and a few days after his 10th birthday he took part in his first race.
At the start it was a hobby, but little by little he got caught up in the sport and in his first-ever full competitive season, he picked up his first title as Champion of the Rhône Alpes League, which he won again in 2002. He did his first laps in a car behind the wheel of a Formula Ford at the age of 13 at the Laquais circuit.
Vautier earned the 2011 Star Mazda championship and the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights title before moving up to the IndyCar Series.
He is fluent in French and English. He enjoys all types of sports, especially mountain biking, running and cross-country skiing.
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.