Race Report: The Grand Prix of Baltimore
BALTIMORE Sept. 2, 2010—Mike Conway and his ABC Supply team fought valiantly in the Grand Prix of Baltimore, coming back from several setbacks over the weekend and in the race but the results will simply show 16th, two laps down.
That stat doesn’t begin to tell the story of their dogfight in the streets of Baltimore.
Qualifying 2nd quickest in the Firestone Fast Six for a season best effort, Conway had to start 12th due to a grid penalty because of an unscheduled engine change earlier in the week. During that qualifying run, a miscue in the Pratt Street chicane as he was pressing for the pole, resulted in hard contact with the concrete barrier at the chicane exit. The ABC Supply crew worked until 9 p.m. Saturday repairing the entire left side of the car.
In the Sunday morning warm-up, Conway reported that the car felt as good as it had before the crash. Conway’s troubles appeared to be over as he made a good start in the 75-lap race; he was 10th after the first lap. Eventual winner Ryan Hunter-Reay slipped past him the next lap. Conway ran 11th until Helio Castroneves punted him on a lap 13 restart following the first of nine full course yellows.
Conway recovered from that spin and was in 22nd. After three pit stops within 10 laps, Conway went from red-rimmed, softer compound tires, to rain tires to the black, harder compound tires. On the black tires, he began his charge through the field, more remarkable since most of the field was on the red-rimmed, softer compound tires.