Race Report - Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
LONG BEACH, CA April 15, 2012—Friday the 13th came two days later for Mike Conway and the ABC Supply team.
Despite starting a ‘lucky’ seventh in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Conway suffered one misfortune after another beginning with getting hit and shuffled back two positions on the start due in part to the scramble triggered by the front row starters’ altercation. The race was yellow-flagged after pole sitter Dario Franchitti and outside pole sitter Josef Newgarden made contact with Newgarden ending up against the wall.
The race restarted on lap 4, and Ryan Hunter-Reay found a way past Conway for eighth. Three laps later, Foyt radioed to Conway to save fuel since he couldn’t pass. Conway was running consistent laps between Hunter-Reay and Ryan Briscoe when a full course yellow came out for Sebastian Bourdais’s slide into a tire barrier on lap 20.
Conway pitted along with half of the field but the stop didn’t go as smoothly as it could have. By the time he circled around, he was in 16th position although seven cars didn’t pit.
The race barely got restarted when the caution flew again for the accident involving Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti (who nearly got upside down) in Turn 8. Then Conway radioed in he couldn’t go to sixth gear and the engineers told him a couple of fixes to try, none of which worked. His car stopped on the backstretch. The safety crew got him back to his pit box.