Mike Conway fights his way through the field to record a top ten finish at Indy Japan 300
London, UK – Sunday 18th September - British IndyCar driver Mike Conway fought his way from P20 on the grid to record a top ten finish at the Indy Japan 300 in Motegi.
The Andretti Autosport driver endured a tough qualifying session on Saturday. Having recorded the ninth fastest time in the first free practice session of the weekend, Conway’s best time on Saturday saw him line up in P20 on the grid for the race.
Conway spent the opening stages of the race picking his way through the field and was up to P18 by the time the track was put under full caution for the first time.
At the restart there was a first corner incident but Conway managed to keep his nose clean and moved up through the pack to P11.
Following the second restart, the Long Beach race winner continued to push hard and made solid progress picking off the cars one at a time. By lap 40 he was up to P7 and two laps later he was running in P5.
On lap 55 Conway was forced off the track by Bourdais which relegated the Brit to P12 with eight laps to go. Conway then fought hard to move back up the field to P9 before the checkered flag fell after 63 laps of racing.
"It’s been a mixed weekend. We were running quite well in the first practice session but then struggled to pull together a strong lap on Saturday for qualifying which meant I started way down the grid. We managed to work our way steadily up through the field and were looking good for a strong points finish in fifth place or better when I was unfortunately forced off the track by Bourdais;” commented Mike Conway.
“We were able to get back up to ninth place but it was disappointing as we know we had the pace to secure a better result. There are just two races left this season so we will be working hard to end the season on a high in the penultimate race in Kentucky and at the finale at Vegas;” continued Conway.
Mike Conway heads to Kentucky on 2nd October for round seventeen of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series.