Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Mike Conway narrowly misses the cut for Indy 500
London, UK – Long Beach winner Mike Conway narrowly missed out on qualifying for this weekend’s Indy 500 after a dramatic Bump Day at the historic track.
Electric storms and torrential rain had caused disruption to both practice and qualifying sessions over the past week, and yesterday’s Bump Day was also rain affected.
The track finally re-opened for the final hour of the session but the speed was simply not in Conway’s car and he was unable to make a quick enough run during any of this three qualifying attempts.
"I'm gutted not to have qualified for the Indy 500 this year. I'm obviously happy for my Andretti Autosport team mates Danica, Marco and John to be in the race, but devastated that me and my other team mate Ryan won’t be in the Show;” commented Mike Conway.
"I never wanted to experience this feeling. You see it happen every year and you hope it's not you. It's not nice and I’m gutted for all the guys on the team who have worked so hard these past few weeks;" continued Mike Conway.
“I'm heartbroken for Mike. It was not a good day for the team; it was probably my worst day as an owner, for sure. With four of our five cars competing for the final nine starting spots on Sunday, I knew we could be in a situation where not everyone was going to qualify and unfortunately Mike was one of the drivers that didn’t make it;” commented Michael Andretti, team owner of Andretti Autosport.
“This month, from the moment we unloaded in Indy, we had two fast cars, and we had three slow cars, and Mike’s car was one of the slow ones. We've gone through everything to try to figure it out but we have not figured it out. It’s been very frustrating because we can't put our finger on why three of the cars haven’t had the speed all month. I’m just sick that Mike won’t have the chance to race at Indy this year. He has done such a fantastic job this year, with the win at Long Beach and a great drive in Sao Paulo - we would have loved to see what he could have done in the Indy 500;” continued Michael Andretti.
Mike and the Andretti Autosport team will head to the Texas Motor Speed Way on 11th June for the Firestone Twin 275s race.
-source: mike conway PR