CONWAY UNABLE TO MAXIMISE PROMISING START TO TEXAS RACE WEEKEND AFTER CAR SUFFERS HANDLING ISSUES
10 Jun 2012
British racing driver Mike Conway was unable to make the most of a strong start to the Indycar race weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway after the ABC Supply Honda was found to have a broken stay on the underwing which affected the car's handling throughout the 228 lap race.
Conway had qualified strongly in P8 but was relegated to P18 due to a grid penalty for an unscheduled enginechange. The AJ Foyt driver was confident of moving up through the field after posting the second quickest time in final practice session of the weekend on Saturday morning.
When the race went green on Saturday evening it was clear that there was an issue with the car from thestart as Conway was unable to make any progress through the field in the opening stages of the race.
On lap 30 the first caution of the evening was brought out and Conway went into pit. He made up six places and rejoined the field in P11. However when the race went green eleven laps later Conway began dropping back through the field and was P17 on lap 55.
Conway was faced with the samesituation each time he pitted. The British driver gained places at each of his scheduled four pitstops of the evening but dropped back through the field after rejoining the track as he struggled with a poorly handling car.
After 228 laps of racing Conway took the checkered flag in P16.
The AJ Foyt team inspected the car after the race and found that a stay on the underwing had broken which caused the under pressure on the car to shift from the front to the rear depending on where the car was on the track.
"It was a really long night," Conway said after the race. "I thought we'd have a good car after yesterday's performance but it was a real handful from the start. At the start we were suffering from a lot of understeer so we put more front wing on but then the circuit changed. We then had a problem with the weight jacker andthe car got really loose. I had some big moments and so I had to come in to the pits so the team could take off some front wing. The car was then a little less of a handful to drive but it kept picking up front grip even though we weretaking wing out so it became a case of just trying to hang on and count down the laps. We really wanted a good result here but unfortunately it just wasn't to be."
The IZOD IndyCar Series heads to Milwaukee for Saturday's Milwaukee Indyfest.