Starting from the outside of the front row on the .626-mile O'Reilly Raceway Park oval, Conor Daly jumped into the lead on Lap 1 and led the entire race by a substantial margin to score his third Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear victory in a row driving the #22 Juncos Racing / INDECK /The College Network / Merchant Services Ltd. / Tom Lange Co. Mazda. His race was a pictureperfect demonstration of a rising open-wheel star hitting his stride, never putting a wheel wrong, and bringing the crowd charging into Victory Lane as he completed his final lap.
"It wasn't as easy at it looked, but O'Reilly Raceway Park has done a lot for my career tonight," said Indianapolis native Daly, who graudated from his local high school on May 14. "Anybody who thinks driving open wheel cars in an oval race has no idea what they are talking about. Its so easy to make a mistake, and so difficult not to make one. The Juncos Racing team has been doing a phenominal job and giving me great cars. I love ovals and the next race on June 19 with the IndyCar series is Iowa Speedway. I qualified 8th there last year and finished 2nd after an epic battle with Peter Dempsey, who is now working with the Juncos team and helping me with my season. I'm fortunate, like Rick Mears said, to 'be in the right place at the right time with the right people and equipment.' I like this feeling of winning, and I'm going to do my very best to keep on doing it."