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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.
Ryan Hunter-Reay waits on pitlane prior to practice at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson and Charlie Kimball go side-by-side for the start of the Pocono INDYCAR 500 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay with an early pit stop during the Pocono INDYCAR 500 (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson exits Turn 2 during practice for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson waits on pit lane prior to qualifications for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates second place (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on pit road (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads Ryan Briscoe (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on pit lane prior to qualifications for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves heads down the Long Pond Straightaway during practice for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag as he races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates with Helio Castroneves and Carlos Munoz on the podium after the Pocono IndyCar 500. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya crosses the finish line to win at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
The damaged front wing of the race-winning car. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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