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Youngest Driver to win Formula Ford Event is Graduate of Bertil Roos Racing School

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Conor Daly is only 16-years-old, but he is the youngest driver to win the Walter Hayes Trophy and race at Silverstone in England. The Bertil Roos Racing School graduate represented Team USA Scholarship for the Formula Ford event.

16-year-old Conor Daly with Bertil Roos Racing School President Dennis Macchio
16-year-old Conor Daly with Bertil Roos Racing School President Dennis Macchio

Daly is the youngest driver to win the Walter Hayes Trophy and race at Silverstone in England at the Formula Ford event
Daly is the youngest driver to win the Walter Hayes Trophy and race at Silverstone in England at the Formula Ford event
Daly started the race on the outside of the second row in a 36 car field. The conditions at the event were very wet and very cold. Scottish Formula Ford Champion Graham Carroll slid off the track at Luffield and Daly took the lead at the halfway point and never looked back.
The Bertil Roos Racing School has a fleet of 20 Formula 2000 race cars equipped with K&N products
The Bertil Roos Racing School has a fleet of 20 Formula 2000 race cars equipped with K&N products

Conor Daly and his dad former F1 and Indy car star Derek Daly
Conor Daly and his dad former F1 and Indy car star Derek Daly

The Indiana native controlled the field for the rest of the race, minimized his mistakes and set the fastest race lap to take the win. Conor Daly is the son of former F1 and Indy car star Derek Daly. The trophy presentation was made by Walter Hayes’ widow, Elizabeth Hayes at the British Racing Drivers Club.

Conor Daly began training for open wheel competition at the Bertil Roos Racing School in Florida when he was only 14-years-old. He was personally tutored by Roos President Dennis Macchio. “We have had our share of talented young drivers coming up through our programs over the years, but none showed the track maturity of Conor at such an early age,” said Macchio. “He was number one at his speed level and was able to make key decisions on the track.”

Bertil Roos Racing School has a fleet of twenty Formula 2000 race cars. They are front and rear winged cars with 2.0 liter overhead cam Ford engines that put out 140 horsepower. “K&N has been supplying our school with filters for nearly a decade,” said Macchio. “We are extremely happy with the product. Our cars undergo a lot of wear and tear and having good filters are a central part of what we need.”

Bertil Roos also conducts mobile classes in Virginia, New Jersey and Texas. Conor Daly is one of its success stories. “Conor has graduated and now we’ll see how far his tutoring will take him,” said Macchio. “We are confident that he has a big future ahead of him.”

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