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Mike Conway, Dale Coyne Racing - Q&A

After winning the first round of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans on Saturday, Mike Conway spoke to the press about his second IndyCar Series victory.
A few days before the Detroit double-header kicked off, no one knew who would be pairing up with Justin Wilson at Dale Coyne Racing for the weekend. After Saturday's race no one was in any doubt: Britain's Mike Conway was back, and better than ever.

Conway was joined at the Saturday press conference by Wilson and by team owner Dale Coyne.

Q:
I'd like to welcome up today's race winner Mike Conway and Dale Coyne of Dale Coyne Racing.

Mike, a big day for you. Second start of the season, you walk away with the victory. Talk about today's amazing race.

Mike Conway:
Amazing feeling. Obviously all last minute came together. Thanks to Dale for making it happen.

As soon as I got in the car, seemed to feel comfortable with what we had. With the more laps, just felt pretty good. We were fast. Great to be on the front row for today and obviously the pole tomorrow, even better.

Today, the car was really hooked up. The more the car gripped up, the quicker I could go. All happening, flowing as you wish for. Yeah, amazing. Great job by all the crew today. Yeah, I don't know, hasn't sunk in quite yet, but after the weekend I think it will.

Q:
Dale, talk about all the accomplishments of the team.

I wish I could say it was an average day, but it was above average. I can't say enough about Mike coming in. We've seen it before, Penske has injured drivers, they bring somebody in for one weekend. Nobody sticks it up on the pole, class of the race, wins it.

I'm pleased with the engineering staff, shows the quality of the cars we put out there, the team, the pit stops, just went perfect today.

Q:
Mike, did you know how good your car was on blacks and reds? The sequence you ran seemed to be the magic one. Did you know that going into the race or did you luck into that?

Mike Conway:
That's what we planned to do at the start. Looking at the beginning of the race, E.J. was doing a similar thing. I don't know too much about the guys behind me.

It was one of them things we found the reds, they were good for a few laps, but they could drop off quite quickly. With the track being quite green, that was probably going to happen. You could see when Ryan was out there on the second stint, his reds started to go off, I was able to pull away.

I was kind of nursing the tyres a little bit towards the end. Once I knew they kind of lost their best, I was being very careful with the rear tyres, just conserve. I needed to have some tyre left. That's why the gap kind of shrunk, I was looking after the tyres, making sure I had something at the end. Towards the end I had a good cushion so I decided to push more. Two, three laps to go at that point.




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