ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin — Starting last, Conor Daly had a massive mountain to climb at Road America on Saturday to finish in third place in the Pro class during the first Lamborghini Super Trofeo race of the weekend.

Starting last due to failing post-qualifying technical inspection, the Noblesville native lined up 18th on the grid but moved up to 11th overall after one lap of the 4.048-mile road course.

Passing cars slowly but surely, Daly managed to get to eighth place overall before passing two cars that made well-timed pit stops as a full course yellow jumbled the field.

After pitting and handing off the car to waiting co-driver Brandon Gdovic, Gdovic brought the car home in fifth place overall and third in the Pro class.

Daly had to start last after the car failed a stall test during post-qualifying technical inspection where an official blocks the engine’s air intakes to make sure the engine isn’t getting air from another source.

The car failed this part of inspection after the engine intake seals were broken. The seals broke after the car rolled backwards following a spin near the end of qualifying.

Starting last meant starting behind the amateur drivers that lap quite a bit slower then the rest of the competitors.

“Honestly, these cars don’t race well at all, so it’s really difficult,” said Daly. “The difference in pace is really concerning because I passed seven cars in one lap but by the time you finish that one lap, those cars are going so slow that the entire lead pack is gone so it’s hard to make up that gap.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re Michael Schumacher or Ayrton Senna, when you get left behind like that it’s just very difficult to do anything in a spec series like that so we just had to do what we could do. It was fun, it was enjoyable, made some moves, had some fun, figured out a few places where our car was good and where we struggled compared to others.”

Daly’s car was running fourth in class until the No. 34 Lamborghini running a few seconds ahead on the road hit the wall coming out of The Kink.