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Conway hopes first win just the start

Despite how his 2010 appearance at the Brickyard ended, Conway still views the Indy 500 as "such a mega-race ... It's a great event. I can't wait to get back and start turning laps around the track because it's one of the best ones we go to. Always a great event, great crowds." He'll once again be at the wheel of the #27, which is the car number Michael Andretti had for his own final win at the Indy 500.

Before the Indy 500, Conway is looking to make the most of the momentum that the Long Beach win gives him going into the next IndyCar series race - the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 on May 1 - before the rest of the month becomes dominated with the build up to the hundredth running of the Indianapolis 500

Conway is keen to get another good result to set him up for the big one and is hopeful about Brazil, pointing out that he managed a top ten finish here in 2010 despite qualifying back in 19th with Dreyer & Reinbold, while Andretti Autosports themselves got Ryan Hunter-Reay into second place for the chequered flag at what was that year's IndyCar season opener.

"I think we should have a good starting point with the car there and hopefully can carry on our momentum from Long Beach and get a good result," he said. "I like it there. It's a cool circuit. I'll be taking opportunities, especially in the last corner ... It should be a good, fun race. With the weather in the mix, always mixes things up."

That tight last corner saw an astonishing 93 passes for position last year, thanks to a long straightaway that feeds into it. "That's crazy! 93? That's incredible," said Conway. "You have a slow, medium corner on that back straight. You can stay fairly close to the car in front of you. With the 'push to pass' you can definitely get things done actually before you get to that corner. I think that is why it's pretty close."

Another good result there, and Mike Conway will be among the favourites going to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Along with Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon - both previous winners of the Indy 500 - plus James Jakes, Justin Wilson and Jay Howard, and now joined by Pippa Mann, Britain's first female racing driver to be entered into the event, Conway is part of a huge British contingent seeking career-defining success at the most famous oval racing track in the world.




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Photo by Dan Helrigel - IndyCar Media - The winner of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Andretti Autosports` Mike Conway.
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 24, 2014, winning the IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on pit lane prior to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates capturing the pole Saturday, August 23, 2014, with the fastest qualifying time for Sunday`s IndyCar race at at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 captures the pole Saturday, August 23, 2014, with the fastest qualifying time for Sunday`s IndyCar race at at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a sixth-place finish Sunday, August 3, 2014 during the IndyCar Series race at Mid Ohio Raceway in Lexington, Ohio. The finish was good enough for Power to retake the drivers points championship lead from teammate Helio Castroneves. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 celebrates his victory Sunday, August 3, 2014 during the IndyCar Series race at Mid Ohio Raceway in Lexington, Ohio. It`s Dixon`s first victory of the season. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the #11 Hydroxycut KVC Racing Technology Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates with his family after winning the pole during qualifying Saturday, August 2, 2014 for Sunday`s IndyCar Series race at Mid Ohio Raceway in Lexington, Ohio, (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Mike Conway prepares for a wet qualifying for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Source on Saturday, August 2 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
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Mike onway and team owner/driver Ed Carpenter at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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)

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