Mike Conway’s Iowa Corn Indy 250 brought to a premature end

Mike Conway was forced to retire from the Iowa Corn Indy 250 on lap 45 after a racing incident which saw fellow driver Ana Beatriz’s car get loose, collect Conway and send him into the wall.

Trouble for Mike Conway, Andretti Autosport and Ana Beatriz, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Trouble for Mike Conway, Andretti Autosport and Ana Beatriz, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

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Conway had qualified strongly in P9 after Friday’s session and lined up his Team Andretti Autosport car for the rolling start on Saturday evening on row five.

The British driver had a challenging start to the race as a technical issue meant he wasn’t able to select any gears so he fell right back to P21. The race was put under caution on lap 24 due to an incident with Jakes. Conway chose not to pit when the window opened and at the restart nine laps later was running P16.

On lap 38 Conway overtook Meira for P15 and began to close in on Beatriz for P14. Heading into turn one, the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver’s car got loose in front of Conway leaving him with nowhere to go. The two cars touched wheels which sent Conway into the wall. The impact caused heavy damage to the right hand side of the car and forced Conway to retire.

"Obviously, it was a disappointing end to our race weekend in Iowa. We had qualified well and felt that we had a good car going into the race. I’d had a tough start to the race, losing the gears, but was fighting my way back through the field and thought we had a good chance of picking up some decent points. Then the incident with Ana happened and the damage to the car meant it was impossible to continue. It's a shame not to be coming away with any points from the race after we picked up some decent points at Milwaukee, but unfortunately that's the way it goes sometimes;" commented Mike Conway.