Multi-car incident brings a premature end to Mike Conway’s Toronto race
A multi-car incident brought Mike Conway’s race at the Toronto street circuit to a premature end, leaving the Andretti Autosport driver unable to convert one of his strongest qualifying performances into Championship points.
On Saturday, Conway led the way for Andretti Autosport, qualifying for the Firestone Fast Six and posting the fourth quickest time of the session.
The British driver made a strong start from the second row of the grid and passed Franchitti into the third corner for P3. On lap three the track was put under caution and at the restart Franchitti was able to snatch third place back from Conway.
Luck wasn’t to be on Conway’s side as a full caution was brought out again on lap 31 before he had made his first pitstop. One lap later he came into the pitlane to change onto blacks. The Andretti Autosport driver rejoined the field in P13.
At the restart Conway moved up two places to P11 and three laps later following another caution, he was up to P10.
Carving his way through the field, Conway was running in P6 by the time he came to pit for his second stop. Losing some time during the pitstop, he rejoined the track in P14.
At the next restart, Conway moved up a further two places and was running in P12 behind Briscoe. A couple of laps later Conway and Briscoe had a coming together, causing damage to both cars. Conway was able to get his car back to the pits and back out in P17.
With fourteen laps of the race left to go, an incident involving Jakes, Patrick and Tagliani moved Conway up to P14 and put the track under caution for the seventh time.
At the restart, with nine laps to go, Conway’s race was ended as an incident between two cars ahead caused a multi-car pile-up further down the field which Conway was unable to avoid.
“It’s a disappointing end to the weekend as I’d had one of the best qualifying performances of the year and the car was feeling really good heading into the race. We were on the pace and running strongly and hopeful of a strong points finish;” commented Mike Conway.
"I have to apologise to Ryan [Briscoe] for making contact with him in the race. I missed my braking point, had nowhere to go and collected him. The team was able to get my car back out and I was progressing through the field again, but I got caught up in the incident towards the end of the race and it was game over;” continued Conway.