The Milwaukee Mile
Mike Conway secures a further eighteen Championship points at the Milwaukee 225
IndyCar driver Mike Conway drove a solid race at the Milwaukee 225 to secure a twelfth place finish and a further eighteen Championship points.
A tightly contested qualifying session on Saturday saw Conway post the 20th fastest time in his DHL/Sun Drop Andretti Autosport car. At 3.30pm on Sunday local time the race went green but almost immediately the track was put under caution following Hunter-Reay making contact with the wall.
Conway took the restart on lap seven in P19 and within one lap had made up two places and was running P17.
On lap 66 the track was under caution for the second time and saw the majority of the cars choose to pit one lap later. Conway chose to stay out and was running in P2.
On lap 78 Conway pitted and fed back out onto the track in P15. One lap later the race went green again but another accident within one lap of the restart brought out the third caution of the day.
With the track still under caution, on lap 91 Conway made his third pit stop of the day and came back out in P14 and still on the lead lap.
Conway and the field faced a further three track cautions over the course of the next 100 laps for crashes involving JR Hilderbrand, EJ Viso and finally Kanaan.
As a result of the incidents Conway had moved up to P13 by lap 195. Having fuelled to the finish at the last pit stop, Conway was able to stay out when the pit lane re-opened and moved up through the field to P10.
On Lap 205 the track went green for the final time. Conway slipped slightly down the order to P12 when passed by Castroneves at the restart and by Wilson a lap later.
Conway took the checkered flag on lap 225 in 12th position; picking up a further eighteen Championship points.
“Milwaukee is always a tough race so I was pleased to move up through the field from P20 to P12 and come away with some solid points. The car has been steadily improving over the weekend but we know there’s still more to get from it;” commented Mike Conway.
“We made some good calls throughout the race which enabled us to pick our way through the field and stay on the lead lap. We now turn our attention to next weekend’s race in Iowa where we can hopefully build on yesterday’s race result;” continued Mike Conway.
Mike Conway heads to the Iowa Speedway on 25th June for round nine of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series.