Conway to focus on 2011 IRL season to allow maximum time for recovery from horror crash London, UK -- Friday 24th July -- British Indy Car driver Mike Conway has returned to the States following his spectacular crash at the Indianapolis 500...
Conway to focus on 2011 IRL season to allow maximum time for recovery from horror crash
London, UK -- Friday 24th July -- British Indy Car driver Mike Conway has returned to the States following his spectacular crash at the Indianapolis 500 at the end of May, but will be waiting until the start of the 2011 IRL season to make his racing comeback.
During the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500, Mike was involved in a high-speed crash. With one lap to go, he collided with Ryan Hunter-Reay, who had slowed to conserve fuel in order to finish the race. Unfortunately, due to the varying speeds between the two cars, Mike's machine launched into the catch-fence and disintegrated as it ran along the track.
After sustaining multiple fractures to his lower left leg and a compression fracture to one of his thoracic vertebrae, Mike underwent immediate surgery in the States to repair the damage to his leg and was fitted with a brace to heal the compression fracture to his vertebrae.
Mike has spent the last three months recovering and undergoing a strict rehabilitation program in the UK. Mike has worked with a close-knit team of experts from across the UK on a programme which was designed to gradually increase Mike's return to full fitness.
This week Mike was evaluated by the IZOD IndyCar Medical staff and the feedback is that he is healing progressively well. Although he is on the right track to recovery and has made significant progress, Mike, his race team and management have made the decision to focus on next season.
"We are happy that Mike is back in the U.S. and that he will be with us in Miami. We wish that he could be racing, but his recovery process is the most important thing right now;" commented Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Co-Owner, Dennis Reinbold.
"The main goal has always been for Mike to get back to 100 percent with his fitness level before getting in the car. He has made a fantastic recovery to date and there is no point rushing the final stages of his recovery. Mike will soon be back in the car for testing over the winter, before returning to race next season;" commented Mike's manager Mark Blundell from 2MB Sports Management.
The past three months have seen Mike working with his physio and the team from Pro Performance (The Science Behind Sport) on a rehabilitation programme which included swimming, cycling, resistance bands and regular sports massages. Mike also underwent regular sessions in a Kriotherapy rehabilitation chamber at a Champneys Health Resort to speed up the healing process of the bones in his left leg.
Mike also made a number of visits to the single seater racing simulator at the PureTech Racing Centre where the advanced simulator technology recreates many of the sensations of racing and allowed Mike to undergo the experience of racing without needing to step back into the car.
"For less experienced drivers our simulators act as great training mechanisms but for an experienced driver like Mike who has been out of the cockpit for a few months, our simulators allow drivers to get a feel for racing again and to begin to train the mind to react to a racing environment;" commented Peter Burns of PureTech Racing.
After three months of rehabilitation work in the UK, Mike is now back in the States and looking ahead to the final stages of rehabilitation and to getting back in the car.
"It's great to be back in the US. It's been three months since I've been here and I've been itching to get back. I've been watching most of the races from home and I've been following what's been going on, so it's good to see the guys. Although I won't be racing, I will be at Homestead to catch up with everyone and to support the guys;" commented Mike
"All is going well and I've healed up nicely. I have been working with a great team of people for my rehabilitation and can't thank all of them enough for their hard work and support;" continued Mike.
"Obviously, it's an ongoing process and I'm just keeping on with my training, physio work and rehab work so that when I get in the car I will be as good as I can be. My main focus is to be 100 percent with my fitness before I come back;" continued Mike.
"It would have been nice to compete in the last race, but I think that it's more important to look at the long-term goals. I want to stay in the IZOD IndyCar Series for a long time and I think to rush back to one race wouldn't be a smart move. Now, I'm just focusing on future plans and I can't wait to get back in the car.," commented Mike.