BELLE ISLE, Michigan (June 2, 2013) – Mike Conway completed a spectacular weekend for Dale Coyne Racing by following up his win on Saturday with a third-place finish in the Dual in Detroit Race #2 on Sunday in Belle Isle, MI.
Conway started his Honda-powered No. 18 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Honda on the Pole Sunday and was able to stay out of trouble in a crash filled first half of the race. Conway would go on to lead the most laps (31) in the race as he also did on Saturday. The 29-year old Brit also posted the fastest lap (109.250 mph) of the race again.
“I just drove the car flat out and as hard as it could go,” said Conway. “I was catching James at the end of the race and I saw that he was on the red tires. I could tell his tires were starting to wear out, but he had a couple more push-to-passes left than I did and he was able to hold me off. It was a great weekend for the team with two podium finishes.”
Conway led the field up until the first round of pit stops. Mike was working to stretch his lead for his stop, but a barrage of yellows came at the wrong time. This allowed many different race strategies to benefit from a race that saw back-to-back yellows from lap 20 to 36. He would work masterfully to regain his positions. Once Conway finally made his first stop he would be relinquished to 8th spot. With an amazing restart Mike would pass six cars in one lap, showing his talents and the quality car the team had given him.
“What an amazing job Mike has done here,” commented Team Owner Dale Coyne. “That first stop restart was spectacular, to win a pole, a race and finish 3rd when all the luck was against him today, speaks volumes for his skill and the hard work our guys have put in.
Because Conway missed sweeping the inaugural IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader, the prize fund for the SONAX Perfect Finish Award jumps to $100,000 at the Honda Toronto Indy in mid-July.
Justin Wilson, who started eighth, had his No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda on the move through the field until a ten car pile-up in Turn 1 on lap 8, ended his day sooner than he would have liked it too.
“I came into Turn 1 on the outside of the double-file re-start when the cars in front of me just piled up,” said Wilson. “I had two choices, either hit the wall or a car. I chose the wall. It probably wasn’t the best choice, but that’s racing. The No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda was great all weekend and it a shame that we couldn’t have had a better finish today. All we can do is re-group and head to Texas next weekend.”
Wilson is the defending race winner of the Firehawk 550 at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012.
The IndyCar Series now heads to the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas for the running of the Firehawk 550 on Saturday, June 8 and can be seen live on the ABC-TV starting at 8:00 PM (EDT).
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