"I don't think anyone doesn't understand his decision," he continued. "He had a couple of really big accidents and if you are not comfortable out there, then there's no point doing it. Obviously, I don't think he's the happiest he's been emotionally. But he looked like a guy who was content with the decision."
Cunningham has already had his own encounter with the wall this weekend with a trip into the SAFER barrier at turn 2 during the early evening second practice on Friday.
"I was exploring different lines on the track and I hadn't been that aggressive changing lanes," Cunningham explained. "Just judged it on the seams of the track and got caught out."
That's just the sort of scary experience that Conway will doubtless be happy to miss out on in future.
With additional reporting from Fontana by Lynne Huntting of PressSnoop.com