TORONTO, Ontario Canada (July 13, 2013) – Mike Conway scored another Top 10 finish for Dale Coyne Racing on Saturday as the 29-year old Brit worked his way all the way from 20th place to finish seventh in Race #1 of Honda Indy in Toronto.
In the IZOD IndyCar Series last doubleheader race in Detroit in June, Conway was able to win the first race and finish third in the second. This time around he was forced to start from almost the rear of the field, but he didn’t disappoint the crowd as he showed them why he is a force to be reckoned with in the series this year.
“It was a tough race today,” said Conway. “We improved on things today and I was happy with a seventh-place finish. The No. 18 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q team did a great job today and we were able to salvage some points, which was a positive thing. It will be tough starting at the back of the field in Sunday’s Race #2, but I’m confident we can pull out another Top 10 for Dale Coyne Racing.
Justin Wilson’s No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda seemed destined for a top-five finish on Saturday despite stalling the car at the start and a drive through penalty late in the race. Wilson was able to drive to his eighth top 10 finish of the season by finishing 11th.
Late in the race Wilson attempted to pass Charlie Kimball when he looked like he was headed into the short cut in Turn 5. Kimball then suddenly turned back onto the track causing his rear and Wilson’s front tires to touch. The IZOD IndyCar Series penalized Wilson with a questionable drive through penalty for that incident.
“I came up behind #83 car of (Charlie) Kimball trying to pass him,” said Wilson. “I thought he was using the short cut in Turn 5. I was edging along side of him when he all of a sudden started turning left. I never saw it coming since that isn’t the racetrack and I don’t know why he would do that. We managed to recover, but I was penalized a drive through penalty that I don’t know if I really deserved. We were able to work our way back for a 11th-place finish, but it’s a shame since the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda was a top-five car today.”
On the attempted standing start at the beginning of the race, Wilson was forced to start at the rear of the field because he stalled his car. “What a day,” exclaimed Wilson. “But it all turned out for the best.”
“Both Justin and Mike drove great races today,” said Team Owner Dale Coyne. “Justin had a top-five car today and Mike almost made his car into one. They’re both talented young drivers and I think they showed the Toronto crowd just that today.”
The cars will be on the track again Sunday morning starting at 10:50 AM (EDT) for a 30-minute warm-up session.
The green flag for the Honda 2 in T.O. Race #2 will drop on Sunday, July 14 at 3:40 PM (EDT) and can be seen live on the NBC Sports Network starting at 3:00 PM (EDT).
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