DREYER & REINBOLD'S MIKE CONWAY SET FOR MINI-MARATHON Indy 500 Rookie To Hit The Track On Foot Before First Runs In A Race Car INDIANAPOLIS -- For Indy 500 rookie driver Mike Conway, his first experience at the Indianapolis...
DREYER & REINBOLD'S MIKE CONWAY SET FOR MINI-MARATHON
Indy 500 Rookie To Hit The Track On Foot Before First Runs In A Race Car
INDIANAPOLIS -- For Indy 500 rookie driver Mike Conway, his first experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be a little slower than a normal rookie competitor.
The 25-year-old British racer comes to Indianapolis for his first visit to the famed Brickyard on foot rather than behind the wheel of a 230-mile per hour Indy Car.
Conway, a Bromley, Kent, England native, will one of two IndyCar Series drivers running this Saturday, May 2, in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon through the streets of Indianapolis and on the legendary two and a mile oval.
The driver of the No. 24 Dad's Root Beer Dreyer & Reinbold Honda Dallara has been training hard for his initial competition around the IMS oval before he hits the pavement for practice in the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race set for Sunday, May 24. Conway, a rookie on the IndyCar Series this year, has yet to circle the famed oval at the wheel of his 700-horsepower open-wheel machine, but the English driver will get a close-up of the track when he runs 13.1 miles beginning at 7:30 a.m. starting from downtown Indianapolis.
"I think it's great that I get to run the circuit before racing on it, because you are really able to appreciate the size of it once you get to run a lap around it," said Conway, the 2006 Macau Grand Prix champion. "I'm really looking forward to the whole experience. This will just be a case of pacing myself and keeping track of how quick I'm going each mile and hopefully by doing that I will finish with a good result."
Conway and fellow driver Will Power will be among a field of 35,000 runners from around the world in action this Saturday in the nation's largest half-marathon that will be televised on WISH-TV [Channel 8].
Conway and Power have been training together in recent months in preparation for the Mini-Marathon as well as conditioning for their racing duties on the IndyCar Series. Conway will be on the Speedway oval in his No. 24 Dad's DRR Honda Dallara beginning on Tuesday, May 5, in the Rookie Orientation Program set for 2 p.m. Both Conway and Power will be in action on Wednesday, May 6, when both rookies and veterans begin full-scale practice runs at the legendary oval.
"When I normally train, I do a lot of endurance exercises like running, biking, and swimming," said Conway, who started his racing career at age eight. "Ever since I signed up to do the mini-marathon, I've changed my training a little bit by doing a lot more sprint work and stuff like that. I haven't changed my routine too much. My main goal has been to keep the mileage up. This will be my first mini-marathon. I have done a lot of 10k runs, but never anything like this. Hopefully after this I will do a full marathon."
The Rookie Orientation Program will run from 2 p.m. to 5 po.m. on Tuesday, May 5, and will continued from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6. Veteran drivers will begin practice laps at 2 p.m. Wednesday and all drivers will be able to make runs until 6 p.m.
Qualifying for the 93rd Indianapolis 500 Mile Race starts on Saturday, May 9, followed by May 10, May 16 and 17. The 33-driver field is set to start this year Indianapolis 500 at 1 p.m. [EDT] on Sunday, May 24.
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