For the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course, Conor Daly, driver of the No. 18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda, his weekend started out rough with him driving off the course in the car during practice on the first day. His luck wouldn’t get any better on Saturday with qualifying as he qualified in the very last position for starting the race.
The Noblesville, Indiana native spent the first half of the race figuring out his race car.
“We kept locking the right front up so easily and I kept sailing off, even in the race,” he said “We had to pit because the right front tire was destroyed. Because of that we were about seven laps short of making it to the end at that point.”
Once he had the brake bias issue figured out, he said the car felt amazing and as a result, he was able to bring the car up to the front and lead 22 laps at the race was winding down.
Unfortunately with a few laps remaining, he would have to surrender the lead as he would need to pit for fuel and finished the race in sixth place.
“We had a good enough car to stay up front and pull the gap that we needed,” he said. “Sixth is about as good as we could’ve done in that scenario. I was just happy to pull away and lead like that for a stint.”