Daly started fourth and finished fifth in the best race weekend of his 85-race IndyCar career.
After that, he said he had been having issues with water accumulating around the dividing edge in the center of his air shutter in the worst conditions of the recent period. Although IndyCars tested in wet pre-season at Circuit of The Americas in February 2020, and then qualified in Mid-Ohio that summer, this was the first time IndyCars had raced in wet weather with a windshield.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said the 30-year-old from Noblesville, Indiana. “It was like water left in the middle of the screen. I don’t know why, but even as you go faster, which you hope turns out, it doesn’t…
“Obviously this is very much a scientific test. We obviously have a lot of data to go with this series, I’m sure Jay Fry [IndyCar president] We will look at it as well. And he hates it when I talk about air curtains, but I’m just describing what I saw. That’s it. It was tough.
“Luckily we had a great observer in the Packy Wheeler, who was literally guiding me into Turn 1. I couldn’t see the brake area, the cars ahead or the end of the pit wall, but I could look up to the side of the air fender, so I was looking right and left to get straight. And that was elegant!”
Daly later added, “I’ve been racing in the rain all the time, so we had a visor you could work with, but it’s a new era, so obviously there are things we can figure out. We go from here.”
“I think it was tough. It was definitely hard to race like that because you don’t want, of course, to end up on the wrong side. Even under the yellow, I couldn’t see the cars in front of me. I had to be guided into the pit lane, which is worrisome. .
“Hopefully we can figure that out, but we also hope we’ll have very bright weather for the rest of the year.”
Daly had problems early on when the rankings went down, but good strategy calls, good tempo, and fewer fouls than many illustrious competitors meant he moved up the rankings.
“[It was a] He remembers. “I don’t know what happened with the first set of reds, but they were used up in red, and we went straight back. The car was an absolute handful, and I have no idea why.”
“And then we kind of forced that, put on new reds, and went back to the great car that was in it. So I think we did the second fastest lap of the race, and we were just pulling, making up some ground that we lost. Then, obviously, the sky opened up a little bit, Which made it a pleasant afternoon respite.”