Indy 500: Mike Conway Opening Day report

MIKE CONWAY COMPLETES OVER 100 LAPS THURSDAY AT INDY INDIANAPOLIS -- Rookie driver Mike Conway helped his experience level at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday by driving the No. 24 Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Honda Dallara to...

MIKE CONWAY COMPLETES OVER 100 LAPS THURSDAY AT INDY

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rookie driver Mike Conway helped his experience level at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday by driving the No. 24 Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Honda Dallara to the second most laps [123] during the first full day of practice runs for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

Conway, preparing for his fourth race on the 2009 IndyCar Series, passed his Rookie Orientation Program on Tuesday afternoon, but the 25-year-old Brit had to sit out Wednesday practice due to the steady rain showers.

After early fog on Thursday, Conway was able to return to action with his bright blue machine and notched 108 laps around the famed two and a half mile oval with a top speed of 220.362 miles per hour. Conway's speed was 21st fastest on the opening day of practice runs.

A total of 32 drivers recorded speeds on Thursday with Marco Andretti having the fastest speed of the day at 225.478 m.p.h.

Conway, a successful formula driver in Europe, has one oval track to his credit after competing two weeks ago at the Kansas Speedway. Conway finished 19th.

Conway's new mount was introduced today at the Speedway with Purex Complete 3-in-1 as the new primary sponsor for the No. 24 Honda-powered car this month at Indianapolis. Purex returns to the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team after many successful seasons with current co-owner Robbie Buhl at the wheel.

Greg Tipsord, vice president and general manager of Henkel North America, was on hand Thursday for the announcement. Tipsord said the introduction of the new Purex 3-in-1 sheet could revolutionize the home cleaning industry with the use of a cleanser, a fabric softener and anti-static agent all in one application.

MIKE CONWAY, No. 24 Purex Dreyer& Reinbold Honda Dallara:

"Today was okay, similar to the first. We did quite a few laps today, like 115 or so. We are just building it bit by bit and make changes on the car and make sure we are learning all of the time. It was just a matter of getting use to the car and running in traffic. I didn't get loads of that, but I got an idea of towing people and how far you can be to receive the tow. Overall we are good. We just continue to learn. All four cars were learning from each other today, so we can go through that data tonight and put it all together for tomorrow."

-credit: drr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Mike Conway
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing