Indianapolis: Kevin Conway preview

Conway Eager to Hit the Bricks Rookie Makes Debut at Historic Speedway Statesville, N.C. (July 20, 2010) - Kevin Conway and his No. 34 ExtenZe Racing Ford team will make their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at one of the most famous tracks in ...

Conway Eager to Hit the Bricks
Rookie Makes Debut at Historic Speedway

Statesville, N.C. (July 20, 2010) - Kevin Conway and his No. 34 ExtenZe Racing Ford team will make their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at one of the most famous tracks in racing this weekend when the team travels to Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway for Sunday's Brickyard 400.

The rookie gained a few laps of seat time at the historic speedway when Front Row Motorsports participated in a Goodyear tire test at the track in April. Conway is now eager to get into his No. 34 Fusion in full race conditions at the 2.5-mile flat oval.

Conway's 33rd-place finish at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway on July 10 gave him his 18th straight Rookie of the Race award. He now leads the Raybestos Rookie of the Year chase by 150 points.

ExtenZe Racing driver Kevin Conway comments on Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the second half of season:

"I'm extremely excited to go to Indy. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a place that every kid dreams about getting a chance to go race there. As a rookie in the Sprint Cup Series, it's kind of the second hallowed grounds along with Daytona. It just has so much history. Some of the greatest drivers in the world, both in open-wheel and stock-car racing, have raced there and won there. So, it's really cool to be able to race at Indy, and I'm just looking forward to learning as much as we can and getting my first Brickyard 400 under my belt.

"I got to run a few laps in David's (teammate David Gilliland) car at the tire test in April. And my initial impression of Indy was, 'Oh my gosh, these straight-aways last forever.' They're really long straight-aways. And the corners are visually deceptive - they look like they're tighter than they really are. So, you can carry a ton of speed through the corners.

"It's just a cool racetrack with grandstands on both sides of the frontstretch. It gives you almost a funnel effect as you head down into Turn 1. I only got to turn two or three laps in the car, so it just got me visually acclimated to the track more so than getting me up to speed.

"The first half of the season was a huge learning curve for the entire ExtenZe Racing team, but especially for me, going to a lot of those racetracks for the first time, learning some of the nuances of each track. While most of the tracks are ovals, they're all very challenging in their own way. So, for the first half of the year, we wanted to make sure we stayed in the top 35 and finished races and got as much experience as possible

"As we head into the second half of the season, we'll be returning to tracks for a second time. This will help us get a little more equal footing. So I really look forward to being able to increase our level of competitiveness and be a little bit racier the second time around. I think we will be able to qualify better and that will improve our result at the end of the race."

-source: front row motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Gilliland , Kevin Conway
Teams Front Row Motorsports