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Short-lived return for speedy Conway

It was a short-lived return to competition indeed for Mike Conway in Sunday's 2011 IndyCar Series curtain-raiser at St. Petersburg - but the Andretti Autosport star vows to come out fighting in Alabama in a fortnight's time
Mike Conway cut a frustrated figure after his IndyCar Series return was ended by a first lap shunt in Sunday's season-opener in St. Petersburg.

After ten months on the sidelines following his horrific 220mph Indianapolis 500 accident last year, the Andretti Autosport driver was eager to race and seemed to be in contention for a podium before disaster struck as early as the opening lap.

Despite only returning to the cockpit earlier this month, the 27-year-old turned heads by finishing inside the top five in all practice and qualifying sessions at the Florida circuit. Starting from fourth on the grid, it appeared a podium finish was a realistic target.

However, his first race since the Indy 500 crash lasted less than a minute after Conway became a victim of a multiple car pile-up at the first corner. An ambitious move by Helio Castroneves pitched team-mate Marco Andretti into a roll, and his car tagged Conway, damaging the rear suspension and forcing him into retirement. Penske's Ryan Briscoe and Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon were similarly caught up in the incident.

“It's hugely disappointing to be taken out of the race at the first corner through no fault of my own,” lamented the aggrieved British star. “We had been strong all weekend and there was a real chance of victory, which makes the situation even more frustrating.


“All we can do now is take the positives from the weekend – our competitive pace and the fantastic work that all the guys have done at Andretti Autosport – and look ahead to the race in two weeks' time.”

The IndyCar Series continues with a trip to Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on 10 April.

by Tom Howard



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Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway receives the winner`s trophy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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Don - Unregistered

March 30, 2011 2:57 PM

I've been very impressed with Mikes practice and qualifying performance this year. Way beyond my expectations. He had very bad luck on the opening corner at St. Pete. Good luck at Barber.



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