Conor Daly’s Strong NASCAR Debut Foiled by Late Part Failure

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Conor Daly lost sponsor Lilly Diabetes due to a racially insensitive remark made by the driver's father in the 1980s that surfaced this week.

"Hearing everyone talk about it, like Andy (Lally) describes driving it in the races and seeing how happy and animated he gets - I mean what wouldn't make you want to drive a stock vehicle?" she said Friday at Road America.

Lilly confirmed in a statement that its partnership with Daly, who primarily races for IndyCar, was meant to raise awareness for treatment options and resources for people living with diabetes. Daly, who had just moved to the United States then, said the term had a different meaning and connotation in his native Ireland.

"The last 24hrs have been quite an unnecessarily hard ride for my family". There is A LOT I want to say. but I'm still here and still racing, " Daly wrote on Twitter on Friday night. He was initially supposed to drive a vehicle painted bright red and white that was sponsored by Lilly Diabetes.

The elder Daly, a former Indy 500 racer, reportedly used the "n-word" in remarks made almost 35 years ago when he said there were no black people in auto racing.

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The 65-year-old former racer put out statement adding, "Finally, I want everyone to know I deeply regret and sincerely apologize for what I said more than three decades ago". Conor Daly, 26, wasn't born when his father made the comment.

In a statement provided to NASCAR reporter Chris Knight, Lilly said it pulled sponsorship from Daly's vehicle because the controversy with his father would "distract" fans from Lilly's goal of raising awareness for diabetes treatment.

Sunday, the Colts announced Lamey was abruptly retiring, quoting him saying, "It's time". Larry Henry, who was the IMS radio announcer at the time, told the Indianapolis Star that he recalled freezing on air after Derek used the N-word, and then quickly threw the broadcast back to the station.

"OK, if I run out of gas I may not go back to the garage area", Allgaier said in recounting his internal conversation. "And that person had replied 'There aren't any "blank" in this race'". I have therefore never used the word since.

Derek Daly is a freelance racing analyst, as well as a former CART and Formula One driver.

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