IndyCar »

Mike Conway, Dale Coyne Racing - Q&A

I kind of sat here thinking, How did we get here? I remember passing some guys when they were on the reds early on. We were able to pass them, open up a nice gap. I think we were just ahead far enough when we put our reds on that they weren't able to come back.

I'm really pleased. Just want to go back and study it and try to understand it a little bit more from what everyone else was doing around me and see what I can learn.

Q:
Since the doubleheaders were announced, there's been concerns from the drivers with two races in two days. Is that going to be a big drain? Do you think today's race will impact your physical performance tomorrow?

Justin Wilson:
Yeah, it's going to be tough. It's not so much your muscles. You can work on that, try to recover overnight. It's the joints, bumps and bruises. I have them on my elbows, lacking a little skin on the hands.

The car is fighting you. It's not the weight as you're steering through the corner, it's the bumps that literally rips the steering wheel through your hands. I remember looking down, the steering wheel is moving, I can't grip the wheel any harder. That starts to drain you and wear you out.

Q:
Justin, how similar in setup are you to Mike? Is there stuff that you can take today?

Justin Wilson:
The cars were very, very similar. I think made a couple small changes, just driver preference stuff. Otherwise we came here with identical cars. I like a slightly different feel, so I went a slightly different way.

It's within a hundred pounds on the springs, and everything else is identical.

Q:
You've had a race on this track now. Did it pass the test?

Justin Wilson:
I think the track did fantastic. Considering what happened last year, it's still a rough track, it's physical, but it's a street circuit. It's got the same characteristics and same feel as the old one.

I like the extra straight, what does that for the track and the flow. I think it's great.

Q:
A couple years ago Sebastien Bourdais ran road and street courses only. With the split championships they have in this series, talk about if a guy like Mike Conway was able to put together a package where he ran street and road courses, he could be a legitimate threat for the Mario Andretti Award.

Justin Wilson:
I definitely think it's doable. It comes down to, yes, sponsorship, but also talent. Mike's got the talent to do that. He can pull it off.

Transcript courtesy IndyCar. FastScripts by ASAP Sports.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Mike Conway celebrates with the trophy after winning race 1 of the Detroit double-header - Saturday, June 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Mike Conway celebrates after winning race 1 of the Detroit double-header - Saturday, June 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Mike Conway celebrates with Dale Coyne Racing after winning race 1 of the Detroit double-header - Saturday, June 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Mike Conway on the podium with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Just Wilson after winning race 1 of the Detroit double-header - Saturday, June 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Mike Conway celebrates with Justin Wilson after winning race 1 of the Detroit double-header - Saturday, June 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Max Chilton Indy 500 2017
Max Chilton Indy 500 2017
Scott Dixon Indy 500 qualifying
Sebastien Bourdais headshot
Sebastien Bourdais Indy 500 practice 2017
Ed Carpenter Indy 500 practice 2
Ed Carpenter Indy 500 practice
Max Chilton IndyCar 2017
Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing 2017
Johnny Rutherford, McLaren-Honda-Andretti [Credit: McLaren Racing]
JR Hildebrand, IndyCar, Ed Carpenter Racing
Stefan Wilson, 2016 Indy 500
Ed Jones, Dale Coyne Racing, IndyCar [Credit: Ed Jones PR]

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.