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Tough Mid-Ohio Weekend for Conway
Posted by: newsla on Aug 05, 2014 - 02:17 AM
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Tough Mid-Ohio Weekend for Conway


Winning partnership Mike Conway and Ed Carpenter Racing took to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for the 15th race in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar calendar but unfortunately, a repeat performance of Toronto was not to be.

 

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A heavy downpour soaked the circuit just before qualifying on Saturday afternoon. This was particularly bad news for Conway who was hoping for dry weather after adjustments made especially for such conditions were made after Fridays practice sessions. The rain caused all drivers to switch to the grooved Firestone rain tyres and despite pushing as hard as he could, Conway struggled with the lack of grip from the tyres and had to settle for 12th place in qualifying.

As the race approached on the Sunday afternoon, clearer skies gave Conway a confident feel for the race but this was unfortunately short lived as the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet suffered a front broken wing as Conway was forced on to the grass in an attempt to avoid an incident involving Tony Kanaan who spun and took out Marco Andretti along the way. Conway was forced to change strategy for the race and pitted immediately after the incident for fuel, new tyres and an attempted repair to the front wing. Conway then fought his way back through the field to take 13th position at the chequered flag.

After the race, Conway said, “I got a good start but I was forced to the outside with the crash there. I had to avoid it and went on the grass and when I came back on the track I think I tagged the back of Ryan Briscoe. That bent the front wing. So we struggled with that issue most of the race. We kept adding front wing to see if it would help. It was hard to tell how the strategies were playing out and I was just pushing hard to the end. It was a tough day as it can be at Mid-Ohio. It was hard to move forward throughout the day. The first stint the track just didn’t have much grip at all and that made it hard. We tried the black (Firestone harder) tyres to see if things would improve but it was not much better. Now we just have to gear up for the Sonoma track later this month. It’s a track I really like.”

Hoping to finish the road course programme off strongly, Mike Conway will next be at the Grand Prix of Sonoma for the weekend of 23rd August; team owner, Ed Carpenter, will pilot the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet on the Milwaukee Mile oval circuit at the next event on the 17th August.


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