Race Report: Edmonton Indy
EDMONTON, Canada July 22, 2012-Serving notice. Starting deep in the 25-car field, Mike Conway drove one of his best races of the season as he took the ABC Supply Honda-powered Dallara to 11th spot in the caution-free Edmonton Indy Sunday afternoon.
Without benefit of a yellow flag to gain track position on the 2.22-mile airport circuit, Conway passed 12 cars on track even after the team had to adapt its race strategy near the time of its first pit stop. Conway had to aggressively save fuel in the final two stints.
The young Brit worked his way up to 16th before pitting for tires and fuel on lap 23. With most teams pitting on lap 25 or 26, Conway did a good job to conserve fuel as he next pitted on lap 50 while 13th. The competition pitted on laps 51 or 52. On the alternate red tires now, he moved up to 12th by lap 60 but that’s when the fuel laps became more conservative as he had to make certain fuel numbers to go the final 25 laps without stopping for a splash. He registered his quickest lap of the race (which at the time was the quickest overall race lap) on lap 64 when he passed Simon Pagenaud for 11th. He set his sights on Scott Dixon and closed to within striking distance but could not turn up the wick to pass Dixon and also make it to the end of the 75-lap race.
“It was a fun race,” Conway said afterwards. “We were going to try a different strategy and after the first stop, we had to change because it wasn’t going to work. So we had to save a lot of fuel and move forward which we managed to do. The engineers did a great job all weekend. The ABC Supply car was really good and now we just have to continue this form at Mid-Ohio.”