So far in his four races this season with Dale Coyne Racing, Mike Conway has recorded a win, a third and double seventh-place finishes. With a spectacular driving effort again today, Conway didn’t disappoint the near sellout crowd as he came all the way from 23rd on the starting grid to record his second seventh-place finish in as many days in the Honda Indy Toronto.
Conway, who also finished seventh in Saturday’s race, came all the way from 20th place to accomplish that feat. He advanced 16 positions on Sunday, which gave him an impressive total of 29 positions gained in the two races.
“"We had a very interesting race today,” said Conway. “We started 23rd and were able to work our way up quickly. It was a little strange as we could overtake some cars in certain turns and then in other turns we would give the spot right back. I'm really interested to see what the data shows from the race. It was great to get another Top 10 finish for the No. 18 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Honda today.”
The 29-year old Brit had high praise for his boss and team this weekend. “I must thank Dale Coyne for giving me this opportunity and a great race car this weekend,” said Conway. “I am looking forward to being back with the team for the last doubleheader of the season in Houston, but maybe I will be able to be back sooner for Mid-Ohio or Sonoma. Who knows? A big thanks to the entire No. 18 team for giving me another great car this weekend in Toronto."
After being denied a top-five finish on Saturday, Justin Wilson started the race in his No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda on high note by working his way up through the field quickly from his 13th place starting position. Following up on his 11th place finish yesterday, he managed to improve on Sunday with an a well deserved eighth-place finish.
"We had a good race going and the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda was able to pass many cars,” said Wilson “I was able to work my way up to sixth place before my last pit stop. We put a set of red Firestone tires on and I thought we could pass a few more cars since the reds were a lot better than the blacks. I had a lap car that started racing me into Turn 1 and then it slid into me damaging my front wing. I then got hit in the back of the car, not once, but twice. And those were big hits that did some damage. I was just happy to finish the race as it was a little crazy out on the track today.”
Wilson remains ninth in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series Points Championship.
“Mike is just a natural born race car driver,” said Team Owner Dale Coyne. “He turned that car into a top-10 finish because he can flat out drive. Justin is really becoming the “Mr. Consistency” of this IZOD IndyCar Series with his eighth Top 10 finish of the season.”
The IZOD IndyCar Series will take a couple weekends off before returning to action on Sunday, August 4 at the Mid-Ohio Road Course in Lexington, OH. The race can be seen live on the NBC Sports Network starting at 3:00 PM (EDT).
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